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Franklin woman dies in crash on I-70 in Hancock County Thursday morning

Roadway has since reopened
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Posted at 2:41 AM, Jul 29, 2021

HANCOCK CO. — A deadly crash closed Interstate 70 eastbound in Hancock County for several hours early Thursday morning.

The crash happened around midnight Thursday on I-70, near County Road 600 West.

Hancock County Dispatchers told WRTV at least one person died in the collision. The newsroom later learned 46-year-old Melissa Welch, of Franklin, died in the crash.

According to the Hancock County Sheriff's Department, two crashes had happened back to back last night, one leading to the other.

Around 7:20 p.m.,

A WRTV Photographer headed to the scene was redirected by Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Officers off of I-70 and on to U.S. 40.

It's not clear how many vehicles were involved in the crash.

INDOT Traffic Cameras showed at least one semi-truck, and a minivan involved.

The identity of those involved in the collision have not been released by police.

The interstate has since reopened.