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I-469 cleared after multiple crashes shut down lanes Wednesday afternoon

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - I-469 has been cleared after multiple crashes shut down lanes around 12:20.

An ISP trooper stopped to assist with what was believed to be a slide-off on the southbound side of the interstate. The vehicle had been in a crash with a semi that left the scene.

The driver of the car was treated at the scene for pain.

Another trooper stationed himself on the shoulder a half mile back near the Wheelock Road underpass to warn drivers of the incident up ahead.

The warnings did not stop drivers from continuing at unsafe speeds.

By 12:40 p.m., numerous troopers and officers were responding to multiple crashes.

The six-mile stretch of southbound I-469 from I-69 to SR 37 was shut down for safety.

There were five crashes with significant damage, one minor injury, and multiple fender-benders.

The lanes were shut down for more than two hours, causing major re-routing and traffic delays.