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UPDATE: 1 injured in pair of crashes on the Toll Road Wednesday

Published On: Aug 13 2014 03:31:09 PM CDT
Updated On: Aug 14 2014 12:07:01 PM CDT

WSBT photo // James Fillmore

BRISTOL -

UPDATE: The following release was issued Thursday morning --

Elkhart County – Yesterday shortly before 4:00 p.m. Indiana State Troopers responded to a crash on the Indiana Toll Road in Elkhart County near the County Road 17 exit. The crash that happened in the west bound lanes slowed traffic in the area for several hours as police and rescue crews worked at clearing the scene. 

Initial reports indicate that the driver of a west bound semi-tractor trailer side swiped another tractor trailer as the driver was attempting to pull to the shoulder. The impact caused the semi-tractor trailer to catch fire and veer off the roadway into the north ditch. Another semi-tractor trailer that was following behind slowed down in an attempt to avoid the wreckage. That driver’s semi-truck was then rear-ended by another vehicle that was pulling a camper. A female passenger in that vehicle had to be extricated by the fire department before being taken to Memorial Hospital in South Bend. 

Travel which was restricted for several hours due to the wreckage returned to normal after the lanes were reopened around 7:00 p.m. Travelers on the Toll Road may see minor delays Thursday as remnants of the crash are cleared.

ORIGINAL: One person was injured after three semis and a truck were involved in two separate crashes on the Indiana Toll Road late Wednesday afternoon.

It happened around mile marker 99 near Bristol.

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Indiana State Police say a semi was on the shoulder with tire damage when another semi side swiped it, went into the ditch and caught on fire.

The driver got out safely.

Moments later, a truck pulling a camper rear-ended a semi that had slowed down for the first crash.

A woman in the truck was airlifted to South Bend's Memorial Hospital.

Both westbound lanes were closed for about three hours. One of the lanes reopened around 7 p.m.

One of the westbound lanes will be restricted on Thursday, so crews can remove the wreckage from the ditch.Westbound lanes of the Indiana Toll Road near Bristol were shut down due to a pair of big traffic crashes near each other late Wednesday afternoon.