Two crashes snarl traffic on Indiana Toll Road near Elkhart for hours

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("Heading towards the Indiana Toll Road" by Haydn Blackey, C.C. BY-SA 2.0)

Westbound lanes of the Indiana Toll Road were a mess Tuesday afternoon due to not one, but two related crashes.

The first crash happened near the County Road 17 exit of the Indiana Toll Road near Elkhart. Indiana State Police say a UPS semi tried to change lanes and hit the rear-end of a flatbed. This caused the semi to roll over and block all westbound lanes for a time.

The driver, 65-year-old Harry Scott of Griffith, Indiana, was treated and released at a local hospital. He was also ticketed for his role in the crash.

A second chain reaction crash happened about 15 minutes later due to backed up traffic. A semi driver tried to swerve to avoid two slowing vehicles and another semi in front of him. The semi ended up hitting one of the trucks in front of it, along with the semi.

The driver of the semi that caused the crash was taken to Elkhart General for non-life threatening injuries. Amazingly, none of the other drivers were hurt.

Traffic was backed up for four hours as a result of both crashes.

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