I-70 Near Ohio 310 Shut Down Due to Mass Casualty Incident



Both directions of Interstate 70 in Licking County, near the State Route 310 interchange, were closed due to a “mass casualty incident”. The incident involved a crash between a tractor-trailer and a commercial bus carrying dozens of passengers, as well as potentially other vehicles. The severity of the injuries is unknown but at least five local hospitals are treating patients from the crash.

Interstate 70 Closure Due to a Major Crash in Licking County

A multi-vehicle accident causes a closure on Interstate 70 in Licking County.

A “mass casualty incident” has resulted in the closure of both directions of Interstate 70 near the State Route 310 interchange in Licking County.

Emergency personnel were dispatched around 8:45 a.m. Tuesday to the area after a reported tractor-trailer collision with a commercial bus carrying dozens of passengers. It’s not certain how many vehicles were involved in the accident.

Ohio Department of Transportation cameras captured smoke billowing from the crash site. Patients have been transported to five local hospitals including Licking Memorial Hospital and Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The exact number of injured individuals and their conditions remain unknown.

Pioneer Trails, a family-owned bus business based in Millersburg, Ohio is said to own the bus involved in the accident.

The severity of the incident has been classified as a “mass casualty incident, level 3,” which means 10 or more people may have been injured, necessitating widespread medical response. Please note that casualty does not necessarily indicate fatality in this context.

The highway remains closed in both directions as crews assess the situation. More details will be released as they become available.

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