UPDATED: Several crashes on west-bound I-80, traffic backed-up from I-88 interchange to Colona

UPDATED: All lanes were opened with traffic flowing normally as of 12:45 p.m.

RAPIDS CITY, Illinois -- There were several crashes on Interstate 80 causing prolonged traffic back-ups beyond the Interstate 88 interchange on Thursday morning, police say.

Slow-moving traffic appeared to be directed into the left, west-bound lane around 7:30 a.m. on August 1. The traffic back-up developed past Colona around 9:45 a.m.

Jerry Wade, a WQAD viewer at the scene said "multiple vehicles [were] in an accident. Wrecker truck and semi in the ditch, debris all over the road."

There are currently no injuries, Illinois State Police said in a statement. The department is asking drivers to "avoid this area and seek alternative routes while emergency crews process and recover these scenes."

Eastbound traffic was flowing smoothly.

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Interstate 80 Iowa-bound traffic was backed up beyond the Interstate 88 interchange on Thursday, August 1.


A semi-truck in the ditch off I-80 on Thursday, August 1, 2019. Photo submitted by Jerry Wade at 7:43 a.m. via Facebook.

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