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UPDATE: Iowa State Patrol says over 70 vehicles involved in I-35 crash

Iowa State Patrol says approximately 11 people were transported to local hospitals for injuries.

Posted: Feb. 17, 2018 12:18 PM
Updated: Feb. 18, 2018 9:35 AM

DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa State Patrol tells KIMT more than 70 vehicles were involved in an accident on Interstate 35 Saturday morning.

It happened around 10:15 a.m. near mile marker 100 on southbound I-35.

Sgt. Nate Ludwig, with the Iowa State Patrol, said approximately 11 people were transported to local hospitals for injuries.

He said a majority of the crashes were caused by drivers traveling too fast and not allowing enough following distance.

The multiple accidents also caused authorities to shut down parts of Interstate 80. One spot was near mile marker 208 in Iowa County where up to 30 vehicles were involved with three minor injuries reported. Another spot was near mile marker 158 in Jasper County for about 20 vehicles that had crashed.

State Patrol says all crashes remain under investigation.

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DES MOINES, Iowa – An accident involving dozens of vehicles has closed a portion of Interstate 35 in central Iowa.

It happened Saturday around 10:30 am between exit 90 near Alleman and exit 102 near Huxley. A detour has been put in place.

There is no official word yet on exactly what happened, how many vehicles were involved, or when I-35 might be reopened.

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