UPDATED: Driver ticketed in truck rollover on I-74

MUNCIE — Eastbound lanes of Interstate 74 have been reopened after a semitrailer truck rollover Friday.

The crash in Vermilion County Friday morning had traffic backed up for miles on eastbound Interstate 74.

A release from Illinois State Police at Pesotum said the truck tractor and trailer overturned in the eastbound lanes of I-74 at milepost 203 near Muncie about 9:45 a.m.

State police say the truck’s driver, Evgeni Eftimov, 56, of Orlando, Fla., was driving east when he reached for his earpiece to use his hands-free device, losing control of the truck.
 
The truck drove into the median, running over about 400 feet of retaining wire and overturning onto the driver’s side, sliding across both eastbound lanes, closing the road.
 
The driver had minor injuries but refused medical treatment. 
 
Eftimov was ticketed for improper lane usage and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

 

 

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Rickenbacker II wrote on June 27, 2014 at 3:06 pm

Hows those retaining wires working out?What a joke,more wasted tax dollars.

lcoil79 wrote on June 27, 2014 at 6:06 pm

From the sounds of it, pretty well.  It sounds like they kept him on his side of the interstate rather than crossing into oncoming traffic.  Without those wires there, there could have been many more deaths/injuries.  They did their job, they aren't there to prevent accidents, just mitigate the potential damage.