Driver inattention caused a crash this afternoon that sent two people to the hospital and shut down eastbound Interstate 70 for about an hour.
Ian L. Bailey, a 33-year-old Rittman, Ohio, man was traveling west on Interstate 70 around 2:15 p.m. when he apparently didn't notice the highway went from three lanes to two, said Sgt. Richard Dixon of the Springfield Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
Bailey's 2008 Toyota Scion XB went off the left side of the roadway, where he lost control and crossed the median into the eastbound lanes. The accident happened on I-70 west, just east of Ohio 72 and west of milepost 55, Dixon said.
Bailey's vehicle struck a 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser driven by Isabel Cisneros, 50, of Lockhart, Texas. She and her front seat passenger, 57-year-old Michael Williams, were taken to Springfield Regional Medical Center. Their injuries were not life-threatening, Dixon said.
Bailey was treated at the scene for minor injuries.
The crash remains under investigation, according to a release from the highway patrol.
@3:45p.m.: Eastbound Interstate 70 reopened by 3:44 p.m. after a crash in Clark County.
Traffic was backed up for miles after the reported crash closed the highway for about an hour.
Motorists should avoid getting onto EB 70 and find an alternate route.
There were reported injuries involved in what the Ohio Highway Patrol Springfield Post described as a three-vehicle accident.
One witness who was near the crash scene tells us he heard a loud bang and turned to see dust and debris rising above the highway.
The crash was reported around 2:15 p.m. at Ohio 72.
This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.
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