WOODFORD COUNTY, Ill. — One person is dead after a semi-trailer truck crash on Interstate 74 on Wednesday afternoon.
Illinois State Police Sgt. Tony Halsey said a semi with an empty dump trailer was broken down on eastbound I-74 at milepost 117 in the construction zone on the shoulder. Another truck with a dry bulk trailer tried to pass, but it struck the broken down truck and caught fire.
Jeffrey Bryant, 48, of Danville, who was driving the truck trying to pass, was pronounced dead at 4:50 p.m. by Woodford County Coroner Tim Ruestman. Officials said an autopsy will be conducted on Thursday.
The driver of the broken down vehicle, 29-year-old Ethan Stauffer of LeRoy, was taken to Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Bloomington with non-life threatening injuries.
The collision caused both directions of the highway to close down until 3 a.m. Thursday, keeping it closed for over 12 hours.
Halsey said both eastbound and westbound I-74 were closed to traffic from milepost 112 to the 125 due to the crash and investigation. Traffic was diverted off of I-74 and onto US Route 150.
The accident remains under investigation by ISP, the Woodford County Coroner’s Office and the Congerville Fire Department.
This story will be updated.