Updated: Both drivers ticketed in I-74 crash
OAKWOOD — A crash on Monday morning involving a truck hauling a camping trailer and commercial-grade fireworks shut down all four lanes on Interstate 74 for about five hours.
Police routed interstate traffic onto U.S. 150, where semi-tractor trailers and other vehicles were backed up on the detour route.
The accident happened just before 10 a.m. Monday nearly a mile west of the Oakwood exit when Beth A. Bagby, 59, of Danville, was pulling back her 2009 Lexus back onto I-74 eastbound from the right shoulder and failed to see an oncoming 2004 Ford pickup truck pulling a camping trailer, according to Illinois State Police.
The driver of the pickup truck and trailer, Jacob N. Gorski, 17, Williamsburg, Ohio, could not avoid the collision, according to police. Bagby had parked her Lexus along the shoulder after being struck minutes earlier by a hit-and-run driver, according to state police.
The collision caused Gorski to lose control of the truck, which rolled through the median and came to rest facing east in the westbound lanes with the demolished camper trailer resting partly in the westbound lanes and partly in the median.
Because of the commercial-grade fireworks, the UI bomb squad was called in to remove them from the scene.
Bagby was not injured in the accident, but Gorski was injured and rushed to a local hospital while Gorski’s passenger, a 61-year-old male from Cincinnati, Ohio, refused treatment for his injuries.
Both drivers and the passenger were all wearing their seat belts, but Bagby was ticketed for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, and Gorski was ticketed for not having a valid driver’s license.