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RICHLAND COUNTY -- 20-vehicle pile-up had closed I-71 South just north of Rte. 13 in Richland County.

It reopened just before 8 p.m.

Deputies say the accident involved four semi-tractor trailers and 15 to 16 vehicles and occured just after 2 p.m.

Patrol deputies also noted that a second pile-up involving a semitractor trailer near downtown Columbus occured just after 3:30 p.m. and has I-71 North at I-670 closed at least through the early evening.

The weather is a factor in both accidents.