ODOT worker hurt in chain reaction crash near semi accident

SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WDTN)  — The Ohio State Highway Patrol says an ODOT worker was hurt in a crash on I-70 near Springfield Township.

According to OSP, a semi overturned on I-70 eastbound around 7:15 p.m. Sunday. OSP says the semi ran off the left side of the road, hit a median cable barrier and overturned.

That crash blocked all three lanes of I-70 eastbound.

The driver of the semi was taken to Springfield Regional Medical Center with reported non-life threatening injuries.

Crews were able to open one lane of I-70 eastbound. I-70 operated with just one eastbound lane open for nearly four hours.

Less than an hour after the semi crash, another crash involving several vehicles led to the injury of the ODOT worker.

OSP says the crash happened just before 8:30 p.m. Sunday on I-70 in the eastbound lanes, just three miles away from the scene of the first semi crash.

According to OSP, a semi tried to make a lane change, hitting a car. That car rear-ended another vehicle.

The vehicle that was rear-ended ran off the right side of the road, hitting an ODOT truck.

An ODOT worker in the cargo area of the truck was ejected from the vehicle.

The ODOT worker was taken to Springfield Regional Medical Center with reported non-life threatening injuries.

The driver of the semi that started the chain reaction crash was treated at the scene. The driver and a passenger in the car he hit refused treatment at the scene.

The driver of the vehicle that rear-ended the ODOT truck was taken to Southview Medical Center by a family member.

The second, chain-reaction crash caused I-70 eastbound to close for nearly two hours. All lanes have since reopened.

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