Two treated, released after I-74 crash

OAKWOOD — Two Villa Grove residents were injured in a crash involving three vehicles on Interstate 74 near Oakwood on Monday afternoon.

According to a state police report, Paul A. Bishop, 21, of Villa Grove, was driving a 1992 Ford Mustang east on Interstate 74 about a mile west of the Oakwood exit when the vehicle hydroplaned due to the wet weather conditions at 1:52 p.m. Monday.

Bishop lost control of the vehicle, which spun around in the eastbound lanes of traffic before it was hit head on by a 2000 Freightliner truck driven by Miles S. Johns, 60, of Arpin, Wis.

Police said Johns tried to avoid hitting the car by swerving to the left, and his truck tractor crossed through the center median and overturned. The semitrailer then broke open, spilling its load onto the center median.

At that point Richard G. Berg, 65, of Savoy, was driving a 2006 Toyota Avalon west on Interstate 74. Berg tried to miss the semitrailer by driving through the median, where it struck the spilled load pouring out of the semitrailer.

Bishop and a passenger, Cody D. Westervield, 19, of Villa Grove, were taken by ambulance to Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, where they were treated and released.

Police reported no injuries to the other two drivers.

No tickets had been issued as of Monday evening.

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