COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — A three-car crash that closed all of the Interstate 670 West lanes Thursday night was fatal, and a second driver was injured.
Just after 9:30 p.m., a disabled Chevrolet Equinox in the westbound lane of I-670 west of Leonard Avenue caused traffic to slow quickly. A Chevrolet Avalanche crashed into a Honda Civic, which was slowing down as it got close to the Equinox, according to the Columbus Division of Police’s Accident Investigation Unit.
The Honda Civic was sent northwest and off of the highway, while the Avalanche continued forward and struck the rear of the Equinox, which went clockwise 180 degrees. The Equinox then veered toward the shoulder and hit the Civic again, according to Columbus police.
The Avalanche driver was taken to Grant Medical Center and initially listed in critical condition, but was pronounced dead at 1:37 a.m. Friday morning. The Civic driver was also taken to Grant Medical Center and is listed in stable condition.
Two hours after the crash, traffic was still being diverted into a single lane along the shoulder of the highway. By 4 a.m. Friday, all of the lanes had been restored.
Road closures included:
- Fifth Avenue to I-670
- Cassady Avenue to I-670
- I-670 W to Leonard Avenue
- Interstate 270 West to I-670 W