Multiple accidents have shut down the westbound lanes of Interstate 80 east of Walcott, according to a release from the Scott Emergency Communications Center.

The road is blocked between mile markers 285 and 289. Officials advise motorists to avoid the area.

Officials say one accident is at mile marker 285 near Walcott. Another is at mile marker 288, which is closer to Interstate 280.

Westbound traffic is being diverted onto I-280 to U.S. 6 and back to I-80.

I'm the city editor at the Quad-City Times. You can reach me at dbowerman@qctimes.com or 563-383-2450.

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