40 Vehicles involved in Crash that Closed Interstate 74 in Indiana

About 40 vehicles were littered over a half-mile stretch of I-74 after a chain-reaction crash Tuesday morning that shut down the interstate at the Ohio-Indiana line.

The crash in the westbound lanes occurred just after 10:45 a.m., when a line of snow squalls started moving through the area.

The crash involved several jack-knifed semis. It is not clear how many people were injured in the crash but emergency dispatch reports indicated that people were initially trapped in vehicles.

Drivers are being directed to take U.S. 50.

At 10:50 a.m.,  the National Weather Service warned that snow squalls moving through the area were causing rapid reductions in visibility. The fast-hitting squalls had winds of 35 mph and dropped visibility to 1/16th of a mile, the weather service reported.

The view around noon looking east on Interstate 74, just east of the Dry Fork Road exit. (Photo: The Enquirer/Carrie Cochran)
The view around noon looking east on Interstate 74, just east of the Dry Fork Road exit. (Photo: The Enquirer/Carrie Cochran)

 

 

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