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Crashes Causing Major Traffic Jams

SOUTHEAST COLUMBUS (Ben Garbarek) -- Slick roads caused major problems in the middle of rush hour Thursday. 

Traffic was backed up for miles on I-270 near Alum Creek Drive.  A semi lost control and went down an embankment.  That shut down all westbound lanes as crews pulled the truck back onto the road.

"That policeman pulled his vehicle around and halted me," said driver Mike Jamison, the first one stuck in line.  "I'm thinking, 'Oh come on. Just let one more go, one more', so here I sit."

The driver was taken to Grant Medical Center in stable condition.  The driver told police a car in front of him started stopping and he lost control when he started slowing down.

Cars went nowhere for more than an hour as crews worked.

"I went through all my work emails," Jamison said.  "(I'm) checking weather, changing things around on my iPhone and now I'm just trying to play some games.  I'm bored silly."

The work just kept coming for emergency crews.  Another accident just a few feet away on the other side of the highway shut down all eastbound traffic for about half an hour. 

The roads finally opened up just after 6 p.m.

"I just hope there are not any more after this," Jamison said.  "I got a long ways to go."

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