Pair of major pileups, one involving at least 30 vehicles, close snowy Indiana interstates

Multi-Car Interstate 74 Accident in Indiana

By Sean Breslin, weather.com

At least two pileups have closed Indiana interstates Tuesday morning. One of the pileups involved at least 30 vehicles along snowy Interstate 74 in southeastern Indiana.

The first crash occurred in the westbound lanes of I-70, the Indiana State Police said. The Associated Press confirmed three injuries in the collision, but the severity of those injuries was unknown.

Several semis were involved in the collision, WISH-TV reported. Officials have not declared an official cause of the crash, but roads in the area were snow-covered Tuesday morning due to recent snowfall.

"It was an incredible chain reaction," Hope Berndt, who witnessed the pileup, told WISH-TV.

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The Indiana State Police confirmed to The Weather Channel that the freeway was closed just east of the Centerville Road exit at mile marker 145.5 in Wayne County. Traffic is being diverted, and drivers have been asked to avoid the area, if possible.

A second pileup, involving as many as 30 vehicles, was reported along I-74 in southeastern Indiana, the state police told The Weather Channel. The collision led to the closure of the interstate in both directions in Dearborn County, and authorities said the closure could last for hours. The crash involved several jackknifed semis, officials added.

There were multiple injuries and reports of entrapments following to I-74 pileup, Eagle Country Online reported.

South of Indianapolis, the southbound lanes of I-65 were also closed Tuesday morning due to a wreck near State Route 44.

This is a developing story; please check back frequently for more information.


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