Semi crash in Franklin County blocks northbound traffic - WSIL-TV 3 Southern Illinois

Semi crash in Franklin County blocks northbound traffic

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UPDATE 12/1/19 at 2:21 a.m.

FRANKLIN COUNTY (WSIL) -- No one is hurt after a semi-trailer rolled over and blocked the northbound lanes of Interstate 57.

Illinois State Police say the driver was headed north on I-57 when he dropped his phone in the cab, tried picking it up and lost control of the vehicle just after 8 p.m. Friday.

The vehicle rolled over and blocked the northbound lanes and were closed for nearly five hours.

Traffic was diverted off at the Benton/West City exit until about 1 a.m. Saturday. All lanes have reopened.

The driver was cited for improper lane usage and operating an electronic device while driving.

Traffic on Interstate 57 is being diverted off at Exit 71 for Benton and West City following an incident with a semi.

According to Illinois State police, the crash has blocked both lanes of traffic. 

The incident took place around 8:30 p.m. right after mile marker 72. 

Fire fighters with Benton and West City responded to the scene as well as Illinois State Troopers. 

No word yet on the condition of the semi driver.

Stay with News 3 for updates. 

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