Man injured in I-55 semi wreck expected to recover


    Heavy damage dealt to semi in I-55 crash (Nikki McGee)

    5:30 p.m. Update:

    Police say Juan Diaz, the driver of the Peterbilt truck tractor, sustained broken bones from the crash, mostly in his leg.

    When Diaz was freed from the vehicle, police say he was alert and talking.

    He's expected to recover.


    3:07 p.m. Update:

    Illinois State Police say all lanes of I-55 northbound are now back open.

    Drivers are still urged to use caution as normal traffic resumes.


    11:55 a.m. Update:

    According to Illinois State Police, the crash on I-55 northbound near milepost 93 involved two semi trucks.

    ISP says a Green Volvo truck tractor was traveling northbound on I-55 in the right lane when it slowed due to other slowing traffic. The other vehicle involved, a Peterbilt truck tractor, was traveling behind the Volvo and failed to slow down, colliding with the trailer pulled by the Volvo.

    The driver of the Peterbilt truck tractor, 50-year-old Juan Diaz from Texas, was extricated by the Springfield Fire Department and taken with serious injuries to HSHS St. John's Hospital by Saints 1 Helicopter.


    Original:

    Illinois State Police (ISP) Troopers are on the scene of a crash between two commercial vehicles that left heavy damage to a semi. The crash happened on I-55 northbound around the Exit 93, near the I-72 interchange.

    A witness tells us it happened between the 6th Street and Stevenson exit.

    As of 10:27 a.m., I-55 northbound traffic is backed up past 6th Street and I-55 southbound is also experiencing delays.

    Northbound traffic is being diverted onto 6th Street and southbound traffic is slow and backing up, according to ISP.

    We'll bring you more information as it becomes available.

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