The I55 is closed southbound between Church Rd and Stateline Rd while Hazmat crews work to remove the tractor-trailer. It is expected to be closed until around 6:00 PM. Once the truck is off the ground, a heavy-duty wrecker will begin its work to pull it upright.
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Hazmat crews called in to remove tractor-trailer
Hazmat crews were called to remove a tractor-trailer after a truck accident on I-55 this evening. The accident closed southbound lanes of the interstate between Stateline Road and Church Road. The 18-wheeler was removed, and traffic was reopened shortly after 9:30 p.m. Investigators are examining all of the factors that led up to the crash.
The fire department in Bloomington responded to the scene, where they discovered a spill of diesel fuel. The fuel leaked from the semi’s fuel tank and appeared to flow into Timber Creek. The crews deployed buoys to absorb the fuel. They also sent out mutual aid dispatches to McLean and Heyworth emergency departments. Traffic was diverted while firefighters worked.
Two people killed
At 3:55 this afternoon, two people were killed in a crash involving a tractor-trailer on I-55 in McLean County, Illinois. The crash caused the southbound lanes to close while the police investigate the accident. As of Wednesday morning, the southbound lanes were open again.
The accident is believed to have been caused by a truck driver who got on the highway the wrong way. The driver got on the highway going southbound and got into the northbound lane. This caused a crash that killed the driver and killed a second driver. The driver of the Volkswagen CC was also injured in the crash.
The cause of the crash is still under investigation. It was a five-vehicle crash that shut down a portion of the interstate for eight hours. Initially, two people were flown to the hospital; one of them died. Three others were treated for life-threatening injuries.
Interstate 55 closed
A truck accident on Interstate 55 today is causing delays for drivers in Illinois. The northbound lanes of the highway are closed due to a crash near Channahon. Hazmat crews are working to remove the tractor-trailer from the road. The crash happened before 7:30 p.m. on Monday, near milepost 247 between Arsenal Road and U.S. 6. Hazmat crews are working to make sure everyone stays safe, and a heavy duty wrecker will begin to move the truck upright.
According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, more than 20,000 vehicles travel on Interstate 55 every day. A significant amount of this traffic is made up of semi-trucks, delivery trucks, and other large commercial carriers. These vehicles are often involved in accidents and cause injuries and fatalities. It’s important for drivers to stay alert and to avoid this area when possible.
A five-vehicle truck accident has caused at least two deaths in Illinois. Two of the victims were airlifted to a hospital and later died, while three others were hospitalized with serious injuries. The accident is still ongoing, and delays are expected in both directions. As with all crashes on the highway, drivers are encouraged to use caution when traveling.
A truck accident on I-55 today slowed traffic in both directions near the mile mark 61 near Upper Saucon Township. It was not immediately known whether any people were trapped in the cab or injured in the crash. However, it was noted that traffic was slow for a few minutes after the crash and that westbound traffic was beginning to thin out.
According to Missouri State Highway Patrol, there were 98 crashes today in the Bootheel region, most of which were on I-55. The state highway patrol urged motorists to reduce their speed and drive cautiously. Many crashes are caused by speed, and it is especially important to slow down while traveling in inclement weather.
One driver from the passenger vehicle was seriously injured in the crash. His injuries were not life-threatening, but they were sufficient to cause him to be transported to the hospital. The other drivers were not hurt. The accident slowed traffic on the interstate for hours, but the northbound lanes were reopened by 6 p.m.
Highway closed for several hours
A truck crash on Interstate 55 closed southbound lanes for several hours today. The truck driver, who was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown from the truck. Hazmat crews were called to the scene to clear the wreckage. The highway is expected to remain closed until 6 pm.
The accident happened near milepost 151. The roadway is closed in both directions, and drivers have been redirected to exit 154. An Illinois State Police spokesman said the crash involved multiple vehicles and resulted in injuries. Drivers are advised to find another route and avoid the affected area for several hours.
Semitrailer caught on fire
Northbound Interstate 55 is down to one lane after a truck accident involving a SEMI caught fire today. The accident occurred at mile-marker 25 near Edwardsville, Illinois. The truck driver was ejected during the crash, and the truck flipped over. He died at the scene. No other passengers or motorists were injured.
The driver of the first truck sustained serious injuries, and the second driver of the SUV was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. The driver of the other truck did not sustain any injuries. The passenger of the second truck was also taken to the hospital, but he is expected to survive. Investigators are still working to determine what caused the crash and are reviewing all parties involved.
The Bloomington Fire Department responded to the accident and quickly found a fuel spill. The fuel spilled from a “small puncture” in the diesel tank. It spilled into Timber Creek, so crews deployed buoys. Emergency departments from neighboring towns were called in to help, including McLean, Heyworth, and Normal.
The semitrailer in the truck accident burned. The accident occurred at milepost 152 on Interstate 70. The eastbound lanes were closed for seven hours while the wreckage was removed. The westbound lanes were reopened about an hour later, but the investigation is ongoing. The driver of the semitrailer who was in the semi at the time was able to escape the burning truck.