Multi-car crash on I-71 north in Cleveland closes all lanes of traffic, road reopens

CLEVELAND - All lanes of I-71 north have reopened following a chain-reaction crash in Cleveland involving a police cruiser.

The first crash happened at about 2:30 p.m. near the West 65 th Street exit.

Cleveland police said the officer called to the scene pulled up to the crash site, and before he got out of his cruiser, a car struck his patrol vehicle.

The officer suffered minor injuries and was taken to the hospital for an evaluation.

The original crash turned out to be in the city of Brooklyn, so officers from that city responded to that incident.

All I-71 northbound traffic was closed up until about 4:30, while the accident investigation unit examined the crash.

Traffic was backed up for miles and was diverted off the highway at the West 65 th Street exit.

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