PLAINFIELD, Ind. (WANE) — A seven-vehicle crash involving three semi-tractor trailer and four cars Saturday afternoon closed the eastbound lanes of I-70 for nearly six hours and left one driver dead.
According to a release, police began receiving many calls about a multi-vehicle crash around 12:05 p.m.. When first responders arrived, they found many damaged vehicles. One car was turned upside down and on fire, which was quickly extinguished. The driver was trapped in the wreckage and pronounced dead at the scene. Two other people involved were sent to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Police said a preliminary investigation found traffic was already backed up because of a minor crash on the side of the interstate. The driver of one semi-tractor trailer did not stop in time and crashed into the stopped traffic. As a result, two vehicles rolled over and others were severely damaged.
The circumstance of the crash is still under investigation, according to the release. Alcohol and drugs are not believed to be factors in the crash.