Two accidents, one fatal, cause major delays on I-70 west and eastbound

Licking County

LICKING COUNTY, Ohio (WCMH) — Two accidents on I-70 near SR 310 caused a major traffic backup Thursday afternoon.

The first crash happened around 1:30 p.m. in the eastbound lanes near SR 310. Troopers said a dump truck blew a tire and cross the median, where it hit a truck heading westbound. The right shoulder was blocked as first responders worked the scene.

A second crash, this one fatal, took place just after 2 p.m. in the westbound lane near Etna. Troopers said a motorcyclist was killed in that crash.

A 2008 Suzuki GSX R750 motorcycle, driven by Eric D. Gilgien, 29, of Hebron, Ohio was westbound on I-70. The motorcycle traveled off of the right side of the roadway before overturning it several times. Mr. Gilgien was pronounced dead at the scene.

Mr. Gilgien was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. The Ohio State Highway Patrol urges motorists to wear all necessary safety equipment while operating a motorcycle.

Alcohol is suspected to be a factor, and the crash continues to remain under investigation.

Troopers closed the right lane on I-70 eastbound in the same area, and have not said whether the two crashes were related.

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