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Tuesday morning crash results in fatality on I-70

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

HENDRICKS COUNTY -- A Tuesday morning accident on Interstate-70 resulted in one fatality and the closing of the eastbound lanes of the interstate, according to Indiana State Police officials.

Two tractor-trailers and a tow truck were involved in the crash, which forced the shutdown of the eastbound lanes at the 57-mile marker, just west of State Road 39 in western Hendricks County.

The identity of the crash victim had not been released as of noon Tuesday.

I-70 was expected to be closed for a lengthy period of time due to a material spill onto the roadway from one of the semis, Sgt. Ray Poole said.

As of noon Tuesday, state police officials were still unsure when the roadway would reopen.

The crash took place just before 8 a.m., as the last band of snow moved out of the area.

Traffic was diverted from eastbound I-70 at Cloverdale north onto United States 231 to U.S. 40.

"Motorists are asked to avoid the area if at all possible," Sgt. Poole said. "Anyone driving in the area should expect delays eastbound because of the lane restriction, due to the crash and slide-offs."

Pole added a main concern was motorists driving too fast for conditions.

An inch or two or snow fell overnight across central Indiana, causing some travel troubles elsewhere.

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