Publish Date: 2023, 06, 23
TUSCOLA, IL – A driver was hospitalized Wednesday after he hit a deer and was in turn struck from behind by a semi-truck, the News-Gazette reports.
The incident began shortly before 1:25 p.m., when a deer ran into the northbound lanes of I-57 and was hit by an oncoming Toyota. The collision disabled the Toyota, which was subsequently hit by a semi-truck whose driver could not brake in time.
The truck skidded off the left side of the interstate and hit a guardrail before catching fire and coming to a stop, blocking all northbound lanes.
The Toyota’s driver was transposed to a local hospital with injuries believed to be non-life-threatening. The driver of the semi was unhurt.
According to Fox Illinois, a passenger in the Toyota was also uninjured in the crash.
The interstate was closed nearly 12 hours while crews worked to clear the scene. All lanes reopened by 12:45 a.m. Thursday.
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