I-270 reopens between I-71 and Alum Creek Drive after fatal crash

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Interstate 270 has been reopened following a fatal crash on the south side. 

Police officials reopened I-270 eastbound a little before 7:30 p.m.

The crash happened around 2:30 p.m. in the eastbound lanes of I-270 between U.S. 23 and Alum Creek Drive.

I-270 east was closed between I-71 and Alum Creek Drive while police investigated. The westbound lanes were also closed.

According to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, a 2016 red Kenworth dump truck driven by Charles Reichard, 56, of Johnstown, was traveling westbound on I-270 west of Alum Creek Drive. 

According to police, the driver side front tire to the dump truck blew apart, causing the vehicle to lose control. The dump truck crossed the grass median through the cable barrier and onto the eastbound lanes of I-270.

While in the eastbound lanes, the truck struck three other vehicles: 

— A white 2018 Ford E350 driven by Jordan Daniels, of Reynoldsburg
— A 2017 gray Toyota Camry driven by Reenu Bhagnani, of Columbus
— A white 2014 International box truck

The driver of the box truck was pronounced dead at Grant Hospital. His identity is being withheld pending the notification of family.

Reichard was transported to Grant Hospital in critical condition. 

Bhagnani and her passengers — Dushant Lohano, Kabir Bhagnani, and Alisha Bhanani — were all transported to Children’s hospital in stable condition.

Daniels was uninjured. 

There is no indication that alcohol or drugs were a factor in this crash, police said.

The incident remains under investigation.

CPD’s radio room says police will not be responding to non-injury crashes on the freeways during the duration of rush hour. All other road assignments will continue to respond to non-injury accidents. 

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