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I-70 Accident Information on Injuries and Fatalities

i-70-truck-crash-lawsuit Were you or a loved one injured in a commercial vehicle accident on Interstate 70? At Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC, our personal injury attorneys represent crash victims injured on the nation's highways.

Call our truck accident injury attorneys at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone call) or use the contact form on our website to schedule a free consultation today and discuss what happened. Our legal team can hold those at fault for causing the crash financially and legally accountable for negligence.

Interstate 70 (I-70) is a heavily used east-west freeway in the American Highway System, beginning in Cove Fort, Utah at Interstate 15 and ending in Baltimore, Maryland, at Interstate 695. The 2151-mile freeway travels through the Rocky Mountains, passing through the Eisenhower Tunnel in Colorado at 11,158 feet.

The longest portion of I-70 is through Kansas at 424 miles, and the shortest segment is in West Virginia at 14.45 miles. Interstate 70 passes through large metropolitan areas, including Denver, Topeka, Kansas City, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Columbus, Pittsburg, and Baltimore.

A Heavily Used Dangerous Freeway

Due to a centralized location in the United States, many trucking companies route their truck drivers along I-70, transporting goods and materials to east and west destinations. Unfortunately, the interstate is known for its catastrophic truck collisions, making it one of the deadliest highways in the United States.

Many truckers travel at high speeds while fully loaded. The sheer size and weight of commercial vehicles transporting heavy cargo can cause a devastating crash, leaving victims severely wounded or dead.

Many truckers are negligent when operating their large trucks, including driving faster than the posted speed limit, disobeying traffic signs and lights, or driving too fast for the road condition.

Below is just a tiny sampling of severe semi-truck accidents on Interstate 70 during 2020 and early 2021.

Truck Driver Charged With Nine Felonies From Deadly I-70 Crash

Richmond, Indiana, July 2020 – The Wayne County prosecutor's office charged a truck driver with nine felonies following a catastrophic crash on Interstate 70 that killed four Missouri children. The truck driver had been arrested three times before in western Ohio counties for drug possession.

Local law enforcement jailed the 31-year-old truck driver from Camden, Ohio, following the July 9 crash at the Indiana 1/Interstate 70 interchange. Prosecutors charged the trucker with four level-4 felony counts "operating while intoxicated, causing death," four level-5 felony counts of reckless homicide, and one level-4 felony count of "operating while intoxicated, causing catastrophic injury."

Investigators found the presence of cannabis, MDMA (ecstasy), and amphetamines in the truck driver's urine test nearly three hours after the crash. Additional toxicology testing will be performed after blood was drawn at Reid Health.

Court records show that the truck driver had been arrested in January 2013 in Montgomery County, Ohio, for possessing heroin. However, the record revealed that the trucker completed his court-ordered drug treatment, and those charges were dismissed.

Truck Driver Rolled Over Semi-Tractor-Trailer on Interstate 70

Glenwood Canyon, Colorado, May 2021 – According to the Denver Post, the Glenwood Fire Department extracted a 54-year-old truck driver from a catastrophic crash in Glenwood Canyon on Interstate 70. The injured truck driver was airlifted to a hospital in Vail with life-threatening injuries.

The Colorado State Patrol said that the cleanup from the mangled truck's debris would be massive, blocking all eastbound lanes for hours. The investigation stated that the rollover accident occurred at approximately 12:30 PM Friday on the interstate's eastbound lane as a truck driver was hauling a recreational vehicle.

One other vehicle was involved in the semi-truck accident when it was struck by debris. That individual suffered minor injuries.

Semi-Truck Crash Killed One Man on I-70

Little Point, Indiana, June 2021 – A crash occurred when a 37-year-old truck driver was setting up emergency triangles on the sides of the interstate after breaking down and pulling off the road. The accident happened around noon at Mile Marker 52, killing one man and severely injuring another in a three-vehicle crash on Interstate 70.

The Indiana State Police stated that one driver in the passing lane attempted to avoid the semi-tractor-trailer when another commercial vehicle swerved, leading to a collision. The impact caused both semi-trucks to run off the south side of the interstate, hitting the first semi-truck and driver. All three vehicles landed in the ditch at the side of the road.

The driver of the first semi-tractor trailer was pronounced dead at the accident scene while on the ground outside of his truck. Another driver was airlifted with non-life-threatening injuries to the Methodist Hospital.

The third trucker had no injuries caused by the crash. However, the accident backed up the eastbound lane for hours.

Semi-Truck Part of a Catastrophic Chain Reaction on I-70 EB

Springfield, Ohio, May 2021 – An Interstate 70 accident occurring near mile marker 42 caused a chain reaction, leading to another crash near Huber Heights. Ohio State Highway Patrol stated that a 36-year-old motorist rear-ended a commercial dump truck while traveling at a high rate of speed in an eastbound lane.

Early investigations determine that driver inattention and speeding were likely contributing factors to the crash. Emergency medical technicians transferred the driver to the hospital.

The backup from the first crash caused a second accident when another driver pulled in the pathway of a commercial semi, causing a car occupant to be ejected and trapping another. Those victims were transported to Miami Valley Hospital with severe injuries.

An early investigation into the second accident found that alcohol could have been a contributing factor in causing the crash.

Tractor Trailer Accident Killed Pedestrian on Interstate 70

Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, January 2021 – A commercial vehicle truck driver struck and killed a pedestrian in a Monday morning crash on Interstate 70. The crash occurred about 7:30 AM on an I-70 eastbound lane near exit 38 and Fallowfield Township.

The Washington County coroner's office stated that the 35-year-old Ohio victim was on the right shoulder of the freeway working on a disabled vehicle when the semi-tractor-trailer struck him.

The fatal crash closed the freeway for three hours during the investigation and cleanup.

Cement Truck Involved in Multi-Vehicle Accident on Interstate 70

The Colorado State Patrol closed the eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 after a cement truck driver heading west lost control, entered an eastbound lane, and hit a pickup truck. The Colorado River Fire Rescue crews attempted to extract the pickup from underneath the cement truck while one person was still inside the vehicle.

Emergency medical technicians airlifted the concrete truck driver to the hospital and another individual by ambulance.

Crash Involving Multiple Semi-Trucks Close Eastbound Interstate 70

Columbia, Missouri, June 2021 – An accident occurred Monday morning near Highway 63 on Interstate 70 eastbound when two semi-tractor trailers collided, blocking the roadway. Multiple crews work through the day to clear the area at mile marker 128. The accident involved a FedEx semi-tractor pulling two trailers.

Fatal Fiery Crash Closes I-70 Lanes

Baltimore County, Maryland, March 2021 – Maryland State Police confirmed that a 57-year-old trucker died in a fiery crash involving a tanker truck on I-70 in the Tuesday afternoon crash when the vehicle rolled over and burst into flames in the eastbound lane.

The accident occurred near New Market close to exit 68, delaying the evening rush hour. The catastrophic fire was fed by a punctured fuel tank that kept re-igniting the blaze.

Deadly Car Accident Involves Tractor-Trailer on Interstate 70

New Market, Maryland, October 2020 – Maryland State Police confirmed that the eastbound lane of Interstate 70 was closed after a deadly crash occurred on Thursday morning when a passenger car was engulfed in flames after colliding with a tanker vehicle.

Law enforcement arrived at the scene at approximately 3:03 AM and found a Honda Civic driver dead inside the vehicle. Emergency medical technicians transferred the tanker trucker to the local hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Investigators blocked Interstate 70 in both directions until identifying what the tanker vehicle was hauling.

Get Legal Help From a Personal Injury Attorney to Resolve Your Truck Accident Claim

Were you, or a loved one, injured in a trucking crash on Interstate 70? Was the accident the result of the trucker's distracted driving, fatigue, driving while intoxicated, shifting cargo, recklessness, or improper braking?

At Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC, our driver negligence attorneys can help you pursue your financial claim to ensure you are compensated for your damages. Call us at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone call) or use the contact form on our website today to schedule a free consultation.

Are you a surviving family member who lost a loved one in a truck accident? Then, you can likely seek financial compensation by filing a wrongful death lawsuit. Qualifying family members typically include spouses, children, parents, and grandparents who need compensation to pay for medical bills, funeral & burial costs, lost wages, and future lost earnings.

Our legal team accepts all personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning you owe us nothing if we cannot obtain compensation for your damages. Also, all confidential or sensitive information you share with our law office remains private through an attorney-client relationship.

We can protect your rights to receive maximum compensation and hold the negligent party accountable for their negligence.


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