UPDATE: 2 separate crashes shut down part of I-70 eastbound Wednesday afternoon


TOPEKA (KSNT) – Two crashes shut down part of I-70 eastbound Wednesday afternoon in Topeka, according to a KHP Trooper.

1:14 a.m.

Two separate crashes happened less than half a mile apart around 3:15 p.m. on I-70 eastbound near the Carnahan Ave & SE Deer Creek Trafficway exit.

The first crash involved three vehicles that collided on I-70 near milepost 364.4, west of Golden Avenue. No injuries were reported, according to a KHP Trooper.

While officers blocked off lanes to assist drivers of the first crash, an additional driver rear-ended a Capitol Police car attempting to merge into an open lane of traffic .2 miles behind the first crash near milepost 364.2.

Medical services transported the 20-year-old driver who crashed into the officer to Stormont vail hospital with minor injuries. Neither the passenger of the car or the Capitol Police Officer sustained injuries in the collision. It is unknown if the people in the car that rear-ended the officer were wearing seatbelts during the crash, according to KHP crash logs.

Emergency response teams cleared the scene of both crashes and opened up the highway just before 5 p.m. Wednesday.

5:30 p.m.

Emergency crews are on scene of a crash in east Topeka Wednesday afternoon.

According to Google Traffic, traffic is backed up on Interstate 70 near the California Avenue exit.

Google Traffic map as of 4:00 p.m. Wednesday

People driving in the area reported a large backup in the eastbound lanes, headed toward Lawrence.

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