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.