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2 dead in crash on I-70 in Hendricks County

Two people died in a crash on I-70 eastbound at the State Road 267 underpass on the afternoon of July 30, 2019, in Plainfield, Indiana. (WISH Photo/Andy Garrison)

PLAINFIELD, Ind. (WISH) — Two people are dead after a crash Tuesday afternoon on Interstate 70 eastbound under the State Road 267 overpass, Plainfield Fire Department said.

INDOT sent an alert about 2:18 p.m. that all lanes of I-70 eastbound were closed for a crash. Plainfield Fire Department said it was sent to the scene about 2:15 p.m.

The victims have been identified by the Hendricks County Coroner’s Office as 83-year-old Robbie Davis and 86-year-old Lawrence Bochantin. Both are from Alamo, Texas.

Bochantin and Davis were in a van that hit the back of a semitractor-trailer, Indiana State Police said in a news release. The van was heavily damaged.

Before the crash, state police said in the news release, I-70 was backed up due to road construction. The semi was stopped at the back of a line of traffic when the van failed to stop and collided with the semi.

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For about three hours after the crash, traffic approaching the underpass was diverted onto State Road 267 and then back onto I-70. Traffic maps showed a backup extending several miles during the crash cleanup.

The interstate reopened at 5:20 p.m.

Authorities said the semi driver was not injured.

An Indiana Department of Transportation traffic camera shows a crash on I-70 eastbound at State Road 267 on the afternoon of July 30, 2019. (Photo Provided/INDOT)
Plainfield Fire Department equipment was at the scene of a crash on the afternoon of July 30, 2019, on I-70 eastbound at State Road 267. (Photo Provided/Plainfield Fire Department)
Plainfield Fire Department equipment was at the scene of a crash on the afternoon of July 30, 2019, on I-70 eastbound at State Road 267. (Photo Provided/Plainfield Fire Department)
Plainfield Fire Department equipment was at the scene of a crash on the afternoon of July 30, 2019, on I-70 eastbound at State Road 267. (Photo Provided/Plainfield Fire Department)

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