Multiple Accidents Shut Down I-70

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Two separate accidents shut down I-70 westbound between New Concord and Zanesville on Thursday, Oct. 5.

According to the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), the first accident occurred near exit 155 in Zanesville around 11:44 a.m.

The Muskingum post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSP) said injuries were reported in the five-vehicle accident, but none were life-threatening.

Traffic backed up on I-70 westbound outside of Zanesville near exit 160. A five-vehicle accident caused delays throughout the area between Zanesville and Cambridge. (Photo Credit: Brice Lillibridge).
Traffic backed up on I-70 westbound outside of Zanesville near exit 160. A five-vehicle accident caused delays throughout the area between Zanesville and Cambridge. (Photo Credit: Brice Lillibridge).

The passing lane was re-opened at approximately 2:53 p.m. before crews were able to open both lanes of I-70 westbound.

According to OSP, the second accident involved two semis and two cars around 3 p.m. closed I-70 once again, this time between mm 165 and 169 westbound between New Concord and Norwich.

ODOT reported both lanes of I-70 westbound were fully open at 7:34 p.m.  once oil and gasoline were cleared from the roadway. New Concord Fire Department responded to the scene.

Both accidents caused multiple delays between Cambridge and Zanesville along the interstate and on State Route 40 as drivers tried to maneuver around the closures.

Two Semi Accident Reroutes I70 EB Traffic

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A two semi accident sent one driver to Southeastern Med with non-life-threatening injuries.

The New Concord Fire Department responded to the accident at Interstate 70 eastbound mile marker 166 near Norwich at approximately 7:45 p.m. Friday evening.

NCFD was on scene for approximately three hours, with the biggest issue being oil from the trucks. Over 300 pounds of oil dry was put down during clean up.

A1 Towing, Ohio State Highway Patrol, and the Muskingum County EMA all responded along with NCFD.

The accident temporarily shut down eastbound activity. Traffic began operating at one lane at 10:30 p.m., which opened nearly two and a half hours into the three total hours of NCFD being on the scene. Traffic is being rerouted to the Norwich EB exit at mile marker 164.

Update Sept. 29, 11:54 p.m. NCFD confirms both eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 are open.