Semi hits Cahokia house, hurting occupant, cutting power to 1,500

News-DemocratFebruary 19, 2014 

A man was hurt and more than 1,500 people, including an elementary school, were without power Wednesday morning after a tractor-trailer drove into a home in Cahokia.

Illinois 3 was closed and Huffman Elementary used its all-call system to alert parents the school was without power. Several parents did pick up their children, but school went on, Superintendent Art Ryan said. "Power came back on around 2 p.m.," Ryan said.

The 18-wheel grain truck had just made a delivery in Cahokia and at 8:15 a.m. was headed south on Illinois 3.

"He went off the road and struck two utility poles and crashed into the house," Cahokia Police Chief James Jones said.

A 53-year-old man, believed to be the homeowner, was taken to the hospital with neck and knee injuries, Jones said. The truck driver was not hurt.

The crash closed Illinois 3 between East Fifth and Camp Jackson Road, with congested traffic detoured onto Church Street.

Ryan said any students at school for lunch were provided a lunch that did not require heating or refrigeration.

At 4:15 p.m. nearly 600 Ameren Illinois customers were still without power in the Cahokia area, according to the company's website. At one point 1,500 were without power.

Jones said the truck was owned by Dowson Farms out of Divernon, Ill., and the trailer was empty after making a delivery. He said the cause of the crash is under investigation.

Gas meters were damaged and Ameren quickly responded to the gas leak and power outage, Jones said.

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