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Almost simultaneous crashes snarl interstate traffic near Utica

Posted by wlpo on July 25, 2016

Emergency crews have spent Monday afternoon cleaning up a couple crashes that snarled traffic on Interstate 80 east of Utica.

Shortly before noon, the first call came in about a semi and car colliding in the westbound lanes. In that crash at least one person reportedly had a head injury.

About 5 minutes later, paramedics and police were called to a crash involving a semi and an RV about a mile further down I-80 also in the westbound lanes. Initial calls mentioned two elderly passengers who may have needed help getting out of their car.

While the crashes happened early in the afternoon, State Police said the cleanup efforts would take most of the day. Of those involved in the accidents, at least 1 person was reportedly taken to Illinois Valley Community Hospital.


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