Winds blamed for I-74 accident; 1 injured

ST. JOSEPH — One person was injured, but no tickets were issued in an early Monday accident caused by gusty winds on Interstate 74 near St. Joseph.

George Dankha, 26, of Chicago, was injured when a gust of wind from an approaching storm blew the rear trailer of a semitrailer off the road at 12:20 a.m. Dankha was a passenger in the vehicle, which was driven by Jose Duran, 38, of Chicago. Duran was pulling two empty trailers westbound on Interstate 74.

Duran lost control after wind blew the trailer off the road, and the vehicle slid into the median, and across the lanes of eastbound I-74.

Debris from the semitrailer struck hit a 2001 Chrysler Sebring, driven by Ivonne Garza, 24, Danville. Neither she nor her passengers, Kayla Tyler, 28, of Danville, and Elexis Jones, 21, of Danville, were injured.

All three were wearing their seatbelts, as was Duran.

Dankha was asleep in the semitrailer's sleeping quarters at the time and had minor injuries to the shoulder, according to a state police report. He was treated and released from Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.

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