Truck-car accident closes U.S. 45 temporarily

Truck-car accident closes U.S. 45 temporarily

Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect that police initially incorrectly reported which driver was injured. 

URBANA — One person was taken to the hospital Saturday after a car and a semi-trailer truck collided on a state highway north of Urbana.

Illinois State Police said that at about 1:15 p.m., Don Yearwood, 57, of Pembroke Pines, Fla., was driving a semi north on U.S. 45, just south of Ford-Harris Road.

Yearwood was in the right lane of traffic when he decided to make a U-turn to go south, police said. He turned directly into the path of a car that was also northbound but in the passing lane.

That car was driven by Corey D. Lawrence, 25, of Rantoul.

Police said that Lawrence's car became wedged under the trailer. Lawrence was taken to a hospital for treatment, police said.

The accident closed U.S. 45 for a while.

Yearwood was given a ticket for an improper U-turn.

Both drivers were wearing seat belts.

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Rick450 wrote on September 25, 2017 at 8:09 am

Lead paragaph:  "state highway"

Story:  "U.S. 45"