2 hurt after semis crash on I-57 in Franklin County - WSIL-TV 3 Southern Illinois

2 hurt after semis crash on I-57 in Franklin County

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UPDATE: Full details from ISP below

FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Illinois State Police say two people went to hospitals after an early morning crash on I-57 near West Frankfort.

Investigators say Michael McGarvey, 36, of Morristown, TN, swerved to avoid a deer and overturned his semi in the Northbound lanes.

A second semi driven by Martin Brouillette, 34, of Trois Rivieres, Newfoundland, Canada, couldn't avoid the crash and collided with overturned trailer.

The crash caused the content's of McGarvey's trailer to spill all over the roadway. State police say the debris spanned the length of a football field.

Brouillette had to be flown from the scene in a medical helicopter. His passenger, Josie Anne Bellaire-Robert, 27, was also hurt and was taken to a local hospital by ambulance.
 
State police had parts of I-57 Northbound closed for about 6 hours and 45 minutes to clean up the scene.

McGarvey got citations for failure to reduce speed to avoid a crash and improper lane usage.
 

UPDATE: 11:00 a.m. September 27, 2017

FRANKLIN COUNTY -- All lanes of I-57 are now open.

**Update: 7:45 a.m. September 27, 2017**

FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Illinois State Police is reporting one northbound lane of I-57 has been reopened.

But motorists should be cautious as crews continue to clean up at the scene. 

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FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Crews are on the scene of a multi-semi wreck on Interstate 57.

It happened at 3:50 a.m. Wednesday, near mile marker 64 in Franklin County, and crossed both the north and south bound lanes. Two semi-trailers were involved and one person was taken to the hospital. No word on their condition.

Illinois State Police are still investigating the cause. The northbound lanes are closed, and traffic is being diverted at Johnston City exit 59.

Those lanes are expected to be closed for a long period of time, and drivers are encouraged to take alternate routes. 

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