CAMBRIDGE, Ohio -- All lanes of Interstate 70 in and around Cambridge have re-opened after three unrelated collisions choked traffic near the interchange on Thursday.
The State Highway Patrol reported the first of three crashes at around 8:30 a.m. Troopers say a box truck traveling on I-70 eastbound drifted onto the right shoulder, collided with a stationary commercial vehicle, and careened into the median, causing the box truck to overturn. An investigation into that crash is ongoing.
Moments later, in the traffic back-up that followed the initial crash, a semi tractor-trailer crashed into another semi, disabling both vehicles. Emergency squads were called to the scene; however, troopers say no one received serious injuries. Thirty-eight-year-old Brad Creeks of Zanesville, who was driving the truck that rear-ended the semi, was cited by troopers for failure to maintain assured clear distance.
Multiple listeners reported to AVC News on Thursday that traffic on I-70 eastbound was backed up to near the New Concord exit, nearly 10 miles from the scenes of the collisions.
As traffic was beginning to clear near the Southgate Parkway exit, another accident closed the I-70 west to I-77 southbound ramp at the I-70/77 interchange. Dispatchers say that a tractor-trailer overturned on the ramp, completely closing it to traffic. No injuries are reported in that crash, into which an investigation is ongoing.