Crash on I-70 due to suspected distracted driving, police say

A crash closed I-70 in Clay County, Indiana, on July 26, 2017. (Provided Photo/Indiana State Police)

BRAZIL, Ind. (WISH) ­— Indiana State Police and Clay County emergency agencies responded to a crash at 10:30 Wednesday morning in the westbound lanes of Interstate 70 near the 17-mile marker.

The crash site was reduced to one lane of traffic until approximately 2 p.m.

Preliminary investigation showed that a 2008 white Chevrolet pickup truck pulling a trailer loaded with wiring was in the westbound lane of I-70 and traveled off into the emergency shoulder. The truck and trailer struck a disabled and parked semitractor-trailer in the left rear.

Investigators believe that the driver, 22-year-old Jacob Bloom of Lafayette, Ind., crashed due to distraction of using an electronic device. The crash was investigated by state police Master Trooper DuJuan Pressley-McFadden.

A crash closed I-70 in Clay County, Indiana, on July 26, 2017. (Provided Photo/Indiana State Police)

There were no injuries reported.

An inspection was conducted on Bloom’s truck and trailer and he was cited for unsafe lane movement, no fuel tax permit and possession of a radar detector in a commercial vehicle.

This crash is among two others reported in Clay County this past week.

On Tuesday, a fatal crash involving two semis and another car occurred on westbound I-70 in western Clay County killing two children. On Friday, one person died in a multiple-vehicle crash on I-70 in eastern Clay County.

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