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Chain-reaction wrecks closed westbound I-80 for an hour and a half

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A chain-reaction series of wrecks closed westbound lanes of Interstate 80 between Northwest Boulevard and I-280 in Davenport, Iowa.

The first wreck was reported around 1:15 p.m. Monday, March 10, 2014.  Iowa DOT cameras showed westbound lanes of the interstate were closed just west of Northwest Boulevard, near Quad City Peterbilt.

It all started as traffic slowed to travel past Iowa Department of Transportation crews doing pavement patching on westbound I-80.

Police said a pickup truck pulling a travel trailer was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer as traffic slowed past the repair crews.  The pickup and trailer were separated; the pickup truck flipped upside down and the travel trailer turned over on its side.

That started a chain of crashes involving a total of four tractor-trailers, one minivan and the truck pulling the travel trailer.

The driver of that pickup truck was the only person hurt according to Davenport Police Captain Paul Sikorski.  The driver was treated for minor injuries at the scene of the crash.

Westbound I-80 was closed from the time of the crash until about 2:20 p.m. when one narrow left lane of traffic was allowed by the wreck.  Both westbound lanes reopened at about 2:40 p.m. but some activity remained on the right shoulder of the interstate.

Traffic was backed up at one point past N. Brady Street.  The backup quickly cleared after all lanes reopened at the crash scene.

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