Semi Crashes Shut Down Southbound I-57
UPDATED 11:50 a.m. WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2014
JEFFERSON COUNTY -- Three people have been cited for traffic accidents that closed the southbound lanes of Interstate 57 Tuesday night.
The accidents happened at mile marker 81.5 and mile marker 82.5 near Ina in Jefferson County.
Around 7:20 p.m. Tuesday, Ilinois State Police say a semi driven by Barrington D. Wilson, 22, of Pennsylvania, slid on the snow-covered road and overturned in the median.
A little more than half an hour later, a second semi, driven by Mirsad Hadzalic, 53, of Michigan, lost control and hit an Ina Police Department squad car that was on scene of the first accident. The officer was not in the squad car at the time and was not injured.
The accidents caused a traffic backup in the southbound lanes. That's when police say two more semis were involved in another crash.
The third accident happened just before 9 p.m. at mile marker 82.5. Illinois State Police say a semi driven by Patricio Melendez Arrieta, 52, of Texas, lost control and hit the rear of another truck that had slowed for traffic. The driver of that semi was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
Southbound I-57 was closed for several hours as crews worked to clear the scene.
Wilson and Arrieta were charged with driving too fast for conditions. Hadzalic was charged with driving too fast for conditions and violating Scott's Law.
JEFFERSON COUNTY -- Southbound Interstate 57 remained shut down just south of Ina late Tuesday, following a series of crashes along the highway.
Illinois State Police say the first wreck happened just before 8 p.m. Slick roads sent a semi tumbling on its side. Then, as authorities were responding to that crash, a second semi rear-ended an Ina police car. The officer was not in the car and was not injured.
The third wreck happened shortly after the first two; two more semis collided. Our crew on scene reported seeing multiple vehicles in the median. One of the tractor trailers was hauling cars.
Trooper Joey Watson says southbound traffic was stopped at mile marker 82. Vehicles were backed up for miles and drivers are encouraged to avoid the area. No word late Tuesday on how long it would take to clear those wrecks and reopen southbound I-57.
Wind: 5 MPH
Humidity: 70 %