Interstate reopens after multi-vehicle crash in Putnam County

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(UPDATE – 10:22 p.m.) – Eight vehicles were involved in a crash that shut down part of I-70 in Putnam County for several hours.

The crash happened in the westbound lanes near mile marker 41 around 5:40 p.m. Thursday. Indiana State Police said a semi truck failed to slow down for slowed or stopped traffic, resulting in a chain reaction crash that involved three other semis and five passenger vehicles.

One woman was taken to an area hospital for treatment, but police said her injuries weren’t life-threatening. The crash closed the westbound lanes of I-70 for more than three hours.

Daniel Jovanovich, 37, Peoria, Ariz., was driving the truck that started the chain reaction. Police cited him for speeding too fast to avoid a collision. Investigators said neither drugs nor alcohol appeared to be a factor in the crash.

(UPDATE – 9:30 p.m.) –
Indiana State Police said they have completed their investigation and cleanup of a multi-vehicle crash along I-70 in Putnam County. The interstate has reopened.

(PREVIOUSLY) PUTNAM COUNTY – Indiana State Police say a multi-vehicle crash on westbound I-70 near Cloverdale will close the interstate–and they’re not sure for how long.

The Thursday night crash involved four cars and four semi-trucks, according to early reports. Police said only one person was hurt, but the injuries aren’t believed to be life-threatening. The crash happened on westbound I-70 just east of mile marker 41.

Traffic is being diverted at State Road 39 North to U.S. 40, and the westbound lanes are expected to remain closed so crews can clear the wreckage and clean up some 500 gallons of diesel fuel spilled on the road.

State police said it wasn’t clear when the lanes would reopen.