Man airlifted to hospital after pickup truck sideswipes semi

News-DemocratJanuary 11, 2014 

A man driving pickup truck sideswiped a semi-trailer Saturday morning in Monroe County and has been airlifted to a hospital, according to police.

The man was driving a 2010 GMC pickup truck when he swerved into oncoming traffic on Illinois 3 near Kaskaskia Road at 7:15 a.m., Illinois State Police Trooper Calvin Dye Jr. said.

The driver had to be extracted from the pickup truck and transported by an Arch helicopter from the crash site near Waterloo to a hospital in St. Louis. He suffered serious, but non-life threatening injuries. His identity has not been released.

The pickup truck driver was conscious at the time of the crash and investigators do not believe alcohol consumption was a factor, Dye said.

The driver of the semi-truck was not injured in the crash. The trailer of the semi-truck was empty, according to Dye.

Traffic on Illinois 3 was closed in both directions until 9:30 a.m. while investigators and emergency crews responded to the crash.

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