Hoopeston man injured in crash

Hoopeston man injured in crash

HARRISTOWN — A Hoopeston man was treated for what police described as non-life-threatening injuries after his semitrailer crashed into the back of an unoccupied vehicle protecting an Illinois Department of Transportation work crew in rural Harristown.

According to a state police report, Todd A. Cross, 41, of Hoopeston was driving a 2011 Freightliner semitrailer east on Interstate 72 southwest of Harristown when he fell asleep behind the wheel and reportedly didn't see three warning signs that the driving lane was closed.

Police said Cross struck an unoccupied, stationary 2009 International vehicle that was protecting an IDOT crew that was working on the road at 12:26 p.m. Tuesday. The IDOT workers scrambled out of the way and were not reported injured.

Cross was taken by ambulance to Decatur Memorial Hospital, where no information was available on his condition on Tuesday night.

Police ticketed Cross for improper lane usage, failure to yield to an Illinois Department of Transportation vehicle and driving while fatigued.

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