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Tractor-trailer crash closes I-70 for hours

May 01, 2009

HANCOCK -- Westbound Interstate 70 was closed for several hours Friday morning and early afternoon after a tractor-trailer overturned near Hancock, Maryland State Police said.

I-70 had been closed at the 3-mile marker after the accident, reported at about 6 a.m., blocked both westbound lanes, police said.

Traffic was backed up approximately nine miles at midmorning.

Westbound traffic was rerouted onto exit 3 through Hancock, re-entering I-70 at U.S. 522, police said.

The highway was open again by 2 p.m. The road remained congested as residual traffic was clearing the area, police said.

The tractor-trailer was hauling general merchandise.

There were no injuries requiring hospitalization, police said.

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