Two injured in accident that scatters pigs on I-74 in Urbana

Two injured in accident that scatters pigs on I-74 in Urbana

URBANA — Two men were injured and several pigs scattered along Interstate 74 in a midday accident Friday that was apparently caused by a deer in the road.

Illinois State Police at Pesotum said just before noon, Scott Davis, 51, of Mahomet was driving a pickup truck west on I-74 near the Lincoln Avenue exit when a deer ran in front of him.

He braked to tried to avoid hitting the deer, which caused Trevar Fischer, 36, of Ferdinand, Ind., who was driving a semitrailer hauling pigs, to hit the rear of Davis' pickup.

The collision caused the pickup to spin to the left shoulder and the semi to jackknife and overturn on the driver's side. The center and right lanes of westbound I-74 were blocked for about an hour.

About three dozen pigs spilled out of the trailer. They were eventually contained in the right ditch.

Police said Davis and Fischer were taken to an area hospital. Davis' injuries were described as serious and Fisher's as non-life-threatening.

Both men were wearing seat belts. No tickets were issued.

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