UPDATE: Accident with Injuries Backs up Traffic Along I-70 Near Exit 41

By News Staff

Published 07/22 2014 05:44PM

Updated 07/23 2014 12:04AM

Westbound lanes of I-70 are now open after an accident with injuries backed up traffic for a while Tuesday afternoon.

Indiana State Police say it happened at exit 41 on I-70 around 3:30 p.m.

A Ford F-150 traveling eastbound on I-70 was pulling a pickup truck when a tire on the truck being towed came off of the vehicle.

This caused the the driver of the F-150 to lose control and travel into the median.

The F-150 that was carrying six passengers rolled three times, ejecting one passenger into the westbound lanes of I-70.

The driver, 34-year-old Candelario Ojeda Jr., was transported to Putnam County Hospital with head lacerations.

The front middle seat passenger, 35-year-old Marisela Reyes, was ejected from the truck and was transported by air to an Indianapolis hospital with multiple injuries.

The front right seat passenger, 67-year-old Alicia Regis, was taken to Putnam County Hospital, and is expected to be airlifted to an Indianapolis hospital.

Three children were in the back seat of the truck. A two-year-old was airlifted to Riley Children's Hospital. The other two children, age six, were taken to Putnam County Hospital. All three children were in child restraint devices.

Ojeda and Reyes are believed to be the children's parents.

Traffic was re-routed across U.S. 231 to U.S. 40 then back to I-70 for an hour and a half.

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