Three taken to hospital after car hits semi on I-74 near St. Joseph

Three taken to hospital after car hits semi on I-74 near St. Joseph

ST. JOSEPH — Three people were hospitalized after a collision between a semitrailer and a car Friday evening in a construction zone on Interstate 74 just east of St. Joseph.

According to a state police report, at 5:59 p.m., Qwonzay Stoner, 36, of Champaign was driving a car west on I-74 near mile marker 194, about 2 miles east of the St. Joseph exit, when his vehicle rear-ended a semi driven by James Hardy, 57, of Austin, Minn., causing Hardy's truck to become disabled in the road.

Stoner had two passengers in his vehicle, while Hardy had none. The report said all three people who were taken to the hospital had non-life-threatening injuries; it did not specify who they were. It said everyone involved was wearing a seat belt.

The crash caused an extensive backup until the semi could be towed from the scene. Stoner was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

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