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I-90 East reopens in Cleveland after deadly overnight crash

Drivers were asked to avoid the area.

CLEVELAND — I-90 East has reopened to traffic in Cleveland after a portion of the roadway was closed early Friday morning due to a deadly crash near West 44th Street.

The roadway reopened around 6:40 a.m.

Cleveland police, which provided new details shortly before noon, say the crash happened when a Dodge Challenger, driven by a 26-year-old man, went off the left side of the roadway and collided with the center wall.

After the vehicle came to rest near the West 41st Street overpass, police say the driver exited the vehicle and became a pedestrian within the lanes of traffic. That's when a Jeep Cherokee, driven by a 38-year-old man, struck both the man and Challenger, according to police.

Next, police say a Honda Accord, which was driven by a 22-year-old man, struck both vehicles before colliding with a semi. The Honda continued eastbound "coming to final rest with the pedestrian trapped underneath."

The Challenger's driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The Honda's driver was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. The other drivers were unharmed.

Editor's note: Cleveland EMS had previously told 3News the victim's age was 30.

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Editor's note: Video in the player above was originally published in an unrelated story on Dec. 1, 2022.

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