I-70 reopens after crash caused a shut down for over six hours

Authorities reopened Interstate 70 Saturday night after it was closed for over six hours because of a multi-vehicle crash in Effingham County, Illinois State Police said.

Some I-70 drivers had to wait for nearly four hours because of the multi-vehicle crash that shut down all lanes of traffic at mile post 90.

Motorists who were stuck on the eastbound lanes behind the crash were allowed to travel on the westbound lanes to get around the crash site shortly after 3 p.m. after waiting nearly four hours, according to Kristin Randall of Ottawa, Kan.

Randall and her husband, Joe, said she saw three helicopter ambulances in the area.

State troopers have not yet released details about the crash.

The Randalls saw two semi-trucks at the crash site at mile marker 90 when she and her family were passing by.

The initial statement from ISP said eastbound traffic would be rerouted at the Altamont exit and westbound traffic would be rerouted southbound on Interstate 57.

The Randalls were stopped at mile marker 87.

“We are literally trapped,” Joe Randall said shortly before he was allowed to start moving.

While the long line of motorists were stuck in traffic for nearly four hours, they had to deal with the July heat of around 93 degrees.

A man who did not have air-conditioning in his car was being allowed to cool off in other vehicles, the Randalls said.

The National Weather Service said the St. Louis region is under an excessive heat warning until 8 p.m. Sunday.