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Deadly crash causes delays on I-70 in Madison County

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the right lanes of I-70 WB at SR-56 were expected to remain closed for hours due to extensive cleanup efforts. (WSYX/WTTE)

A deadly crash on I-70 WB caused delays in Madison County Thursday.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the right lanes of I-70 WB at SR-56 were expected to remain closed for hours due to extensive cleanup efforts. Several cans of soup were scattered across the highway.

Two lanes were reopened by 9 a.m. Thursday.

The crash happened around 3:30 a.m. OSHP said one person was killed, and another was taken to Grant Medical Center.

OSHP later identified the deceased as 41-year-old William Lowery of Oxford, North Carolina. According to OSHP, Lowery lost control of his tractor-trailer and crashed into five other parked commercial vehicles at a rest area.

Lowery's tractor-trailer was stopped by the fifth vehicle. OSHP said he was pronounced dead at the scene. They added that 42-year-old William Franklin of Arkansas had minor injuries and was taken to Grant Medical Center.

Drivers could use US-40 as an alternate route.

The crash remained under investigation.

ABC 6/FOX 28 will continue to update this breaking news story.

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