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Multiple vehicles were involved in the fatal crash that closed I-90 eastbound near West 44th Street

Posted at 6:39 AM, Dec 02, 2022

CLEVELAND — A fatal crash on I-90 eastbound near West 44th Street caused major delays for drivers early Friday morning. According to police, a 26-year-old man died and another person was seriously injured during the crash. Police now say multiple vehicles were involved in the fatal chain of events.

According to police, the 26-year-old was driving a Dodge Challenger on I-90 eastbound approaching West 44th Street when he collided with the concrete median wall separating east and westbound traffic. After colliding with the wall, he continued toward West 44th Street, coming to a stop at the West 44th Street overpass when he exited the Challenger, walking into traffic, said police.

After the driver of the Challenger exited his vehicle, a 38-year-old man driving a Jeep Cherokee collided with the Challenger, also hitting the 26-year-old. A Honda Accord driven by a 22-year-old man was traveling eastbound on I-90 when he also crashed into the Challenger, causing the Challenger to crash into a semi-truck driven by a 32-year-old man and trapping the 26-year-old under the Accord.

According to police, the 26-year-old driver of the Challenger was pronounced dead on the scene. The 22-year-old driving the Accord was taken to MetroHealth Hospital with serious injuries. The men driving the Cherokee and the semi-truck were not injured.

The cause of the original crash is unknown at this time.

The highway was shut down for hours for the first responders on scene.

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