CHAMPAIGN —Both southbound lanes of traffic on Interstate 57 near I-74 reopened to traffic about 3 p.m. Saturday after a semitrailer flipped over about 12:30 p.m.
Illinois State Police said James P. Summers, 66, of Wallaback, W. Va., was leaving I-74 eastbound to go south on I-57 when he apparently went too fast on the ramp, lost control, and his rig overturned.
Police said Summers was driving a truck tractor flatbed trailer combination that was carrying two flatbed trailers stacked on top of one another. Those spilled onto the interstate, blocking both lanes for a little more than two hours.
Summers was wearing a seat belt and was not hurt. He was ticketed for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.
The wreck was the second for troopers and other emergency workers in the area Saturday.
Just after 10 a.m., Floyd Haskett, 54, of Lawtey, Fla., was driving north on I-57 at Arcola when his semitrailer tractor truck left the road to the right, hit a guardrail and overturned. About 300 feet of guardrail was damaged and both northbound lanes of traffic were blocked.
A telecommunicator said one lane of traffic reopened about 11:45 a.m. and both lanes were reopened by 12:45 p.m.
The trailer was loaded with 42,500 pounds of paper products. They remained in the trailer.
Haskett was ticketed for improper lane usage. He was treated and released from Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center. He was also wearing a seat belt.