Two truck drivers killed in semi crash on I-64

News-DemocratApril 30, 2014 

Police have identified the two truck drivers who died Wednesday morning in a crash that closed westbound Interstate 64 in Clinton County.

Alex Delgado, 27, of Key West, Fla., and Melvin C. Lewis, 54, of Opa Locka, Fla., died in the crash. The men were working for a trucking company out of Florida.

Delgado was driving the semi-truck westbound when he swerved into the left lane, overcorrected and struck a concrete bridge support, according to Illinois State Trooper Calvin Dye.

The semi was traveling west on I-64 as it approached the Billhartz Road overpass at 5:50 a.m., according to Illinois State Police reports. Witnesses said the truck was weaving all over the roadway before it left the interstate to the right and hit the bridge at mile marker 32.

Lewis, a passenger in the truck, was ejected from the tractor-trailer's sleeper cabin and was trapped under the semi. State police continue investigating the crash.

The tractor-trailer came to a rest with the cab turned on its side, with the driver's side door against the bridge base. The force of the collision caused the trailer to split open and project its contents, spools of thin aluminum strips, forward down the highway.

Police and rescue workers combed through the wreckage to make sure there were no other passengers in the truck but did not find any additional victims.

The highway was closed for several hours while officers investigated the cause of the wreck and crews cleared debris from the roadway. Workers used a front loader to scoop up the spools of aluminum.

Contact reporter Scott Wuerz at swuerz@bnd.com or call 618-239-2626.

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