Updated: Both drivers ticketed in I-74 crash

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.
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highspeed wrote on August 18, 2014 at 4:08 pm

So we need bomb squad to remove fireworks! Unless there is a fire or some ignition source,  there shouldnt be a problem. Besides if they were to catch on fire, what are you gonna do, except duck for cover!!!

alabaster jones 71 wrote on August 18, 2014 at 5:08 pm
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That's right, we don't need no damn bomb squad!  Let's just send any Tom, Dick, or Harry over there to pick up a bunch of high-grade fireworks that are probably soaked in gasoline.  What could possibly go wrong?  Let 'em smoke cigarettes while they clean all that up, too....I'm sure it will be fine.

ROB McCOLLEY wrote on August 18, 2014 at 7:08 pm
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Mr. Howie, this article needs some attention.  


Who was hauling the commerical grade fireworks? Were they in the camper, or is there a fourth vehicle (hit-n-run, Bagby, Gorski, commercial hauler carrying fireworks) not mentioned here?  


If there's not a fourth vehicle, and the "commercial grade" fireworks were in the camper, surely there must be a licensing issue here. Who was licensed to haul these HAZMATs? If no one, then we have a 17 year-old hauling illegal & dangerous contraband. Surely that merits some scrutiny?


Also, this sentence is a mess: " . . .  when Beth A. Bagby, 59, of Danville, was pulling back her 2009 Lexus back onto I-74 eastbound from the right shoulder . . ."


Thanks for your attention.

highspeed wrote on August 19, 2014 at 9:08 am

You mean to tell me that a fire department which probably was one of the first on the scene could not neutralize some fireworks?