Trucker hospitalized after crash of two semis

Trucker hospitalized after crash of two semis

UPDATED 7:05 p.m.

CHAMPAIGN— A Tennessee man was hospitalized following a two-vehicle accident that snarled traffic on Interstate 57 for several hours late Monday afternoon.

According to a state police report, Leamon Richard Hall, 65, of Crossville, Tenn., was driving a truck pulling a semitrailer east on Interstate 74 when he took the exit ramp to southbound Interstate 57 at 3:35 p.m.

Hall’s vehicle began to overturn on the exit ramp as it entered Interstate 57, and the vehicle moved into the passing lane of traffic as it overturned.

Hall’s vehicle then struck a tractor pulling a semitrailer driven by Maksim M. Ilyuk, 25, of Elkhart, Ind., forcing Ilyuk’s vehicle into the median, where it overturned.

Hall was taken to Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, where he was listed in fair condition Monday night.

Police ticketed Hall for driving too fast for conditions.

Ilyuk was not injured, according to police.

While northbound traffic was not affected, according to police, southbound traffic was rerouted off the highway at the Olympian Drive exit for about an hour. Traffic was then directed south on Mattis Avenue, west on Church Street and back to I-57.

One southbound lane of Interstate 57 remained closed for several more hours Monday evening until the accident scene was cleared.

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gummo2 wrote on October 30, 2012 at 6:10 am

The curve on that off ramp is too sharp. It's evident that they recognize this, as they've put up a bunch of warning signs...instead of just fixing the problem. Some will say that the signs should be enough to slow people down on that ramp, but if you're not from around here and you miss those signs for whatever reason, you're in trouble. It's a dangerous curve, and someone will probably have to die before they fix it, I suppose. It's a damn shame.

silvdbs wrote on October 30, 2012 at 7:10 am

I beleive the ramp is fine. There are far worse ramps in other parts of the country. Truck drivers just need to slow down and use more caution. Thousdands of other truckers seem to manage that ramp safely each day, and im sure many of them are first timers to the area. When a big flashing sign says 30mph (or whatever it is) with many other signs, you have plenty of notice. Even if there weren't signs, trucks shouldn't be going any faster.

EN wrote on October 30, 2012 at 8:10 am

While I agree that drivers should be cautious you have to also account for things like wind and weather. I don't know that it played a role in this accident but it was very windy yesterday with strong gusts as I drove past the accident. Even if that was not a factor there is clearly an issue with the ramp. It would be great if every person did everything exactly right all the time but they don't. If there is a way to remedy a situation to make it safer for everyone then I say go for it.

tfdofficer wrote on October 30, 2012 at 8:10 am

I.D.O.T. is in fact looking at making changes to this intersection and others in the C-U area.  These changes need to be well thought out and implemented after full consideration of the unintended effects.  Increased speeds on exit ramps can cause other, more serious collisions and injuries.