RURAL HOOPESTON — The Vermilion County Sheriff's Department continues to investigate a car-semitrailer truck collision that killed a 30-year-old Hoopeston man on Wednesday afternoon.
Elizandro Solis Jr., the driver of the car, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash at 2:18 p.m., according to Vermilion County Coroner Peggy Johnson.
An autopsy was scheduled for this afternoon.
The semi driver — Ronnie Hair, 52, of Gridley — was taken to an Urbana hospital, where he was treated and released.
The accident occurred at 1:53 p.m. on Illinois 9, three-tenths of a mile east of 1300 East Road, which is a couple miles west of Hoopeston, said Capt. Dennis Wood of the sheriff's department.
Hair, who was driving a 2001 Kenworth semi, told police he was driving west on Illinois 1 when he noticed a car suddenly appeared in his lane, heading toward him.
"He states he had no time to react and the collision occurred," Wood said, adding the semi caught on fire.
Wood said another witness told police she was heading east on Illinois 9 and had just passed a car when she looked up and saw the head-on crash in her rear view mirror.
Investigators do not believe alcohol was a factor in the crash at this time, Wood said.
Wood added that the crash, semi fire and initial investigation shut down traffic on the highway for several hours.