Truck runs off I-74, damages business

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois State Police are investigating an accident involving a truck that ran off Interstate 74, damaging a west Champaign business.

 

According to a state police report, Lloyd D. Hall, 76, who listed an address in Rensselaer, Ind., was driving a semitrailer truck east on Interstate 74 east of the Interstate 57 interchange when he suddenly left the highway to the right and hit an Illinois Department of Transportation dump truck driven by Steven B. York, 52, who listed an address in Paris, Ill., at 12:27 p.m. Thursday.

The dump truck had been parked on the shoulder of the road, according to the report.

After the semi hit the dump truck, it continued through a ditch, hit a fence and several unattended vehicles and came to rest in the Beaumont Tire & Auto parking lot, 1202 W. Bloomington Road, C.

York was taken to Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, where he was treated and released.

Hall was not injured.

Marc Johnson, a salesman at Beaumont Tire & Auto, said he and a co-worker were inside the business at 12:27 p.m. when the accident happened.

“We heard a big loud ka-bang. Then my co-worker Chip told me to call 911,” said Johnson.

Johnson said the semi did not physically intrude into the building but did run over a fence and hit a motor home that was there. It also damaged two garage doors, which face I-74.

The semi also brought down a power line in the process. That prompted a response by Champaign firefighters.

Johnson said power stayed on at the business.

Police ticketed Hall for improper lane usage.

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