Accident Shuts Down I-70

by Danielle Cotterman on August 1, 2011 at 7:25 am

Traffic was at a stand still on Interstate 70 earlier this evening after a vehicle lost control and then went into oncoming traffic.

According to Ohio State Highway Patrol Sergeant Kay Perkins, shortly after 5 o’clock a 29 year-old Byesville woman was on her way to school heading West Bound on 70 when she lost control, went over the median, and landed on the east bound side.

"We haven’t confirmed yet if she was ejected or not," said Perkins. "When the witnesses went to the other side of the median she was outside of the vehicle, so I’m not sure if she was ejected or not."

According to Perkins the woman was conscious at the time she was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital with serious injuries. Authorities searched the area for a child who was originally believed to be with the woman.

"The driver kept saying her child, kept calling for her child," said Perkins. "So that’s why we stopped the traffic so we could look all over the area."

It was later confirmed the child was not in the car. The cause of the accident remains under investigation.