Traffic on Interstate 74 slowed by two accidents
ST. JOSEPH — Eastbound traffic was slowed on Interstate 74 for a few hours Tuesday following a pair of accidents.
According to a state police report, Timothy J. Ault, 56, of St. Paul, Ind., was driving a semitrailer east on Interstate 74 about 3 miles east of St. Joseph at 3:11 p.m. Tuesday when he slowed down because of the rain.
Ault told police he felt the rear axle of the tractor start sliding. The vehicle went into the median, jackknifed and came to a stop facing south. No injuries were reported.
Ault was ticketed for improper lane usage.
Then, at 4:40 p.m., Micheal L. Lewis, 59, of Rosharon, Texas, was driving a Freightliner and slowing down for stopped traffic from the first accident when his vehicle was hit by a Mack truck driven by Stephen E. Waite, 59, of Russiaville, Ind. Police said that Waite failed to reduce speed to avoid the crash and hit Lewis' vehicle in the rear.
Both Waite and Lewis were taken to Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, which had no information on their conditions late Tuesday night.
Waite was ticketed for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.