The driver of a semi-truck was critically injured and has been airlifted to a St. Louis hospital following a collision with a car this morning near St. Libory.
A 21-year-old woman, of Marissa, was driving a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu south on Venedy Road when she pulled out in front of the semi-truck traveling on Illinois 15, according to Illinois State Police spokesman Calvin Dye Jr.
The driver of the semi-truck, a 56-year-old man, swerved to avoid hitting the Malibu. The semi-truck was seriously damaged when it stopped in a ditch. The man, also of Marissa, was trapped in the semi-truck until emergency responders could free him, Dye said.
Debris was scattered for more than 100 yards and black tire marks for most of that distance followed the truck into the ditch. Most of the wreckage was so badly mangled that it was difficult to distinguish which vehicle th eobjects came from.
The driver of the car was transported for treatment at a hospital in Belleville. She was cited with failure to yield right of way.
The Arch helicopter landed in a farmer's field next to the accident just after 9 a.m. At least 10 police cars along with multiple fire trucks and an ambulance were also on the scene.
The road was temporarily closed with traffic detoured on side roads. Some traffic was being allowed through at 10:30 a.m. on Illinois 15.
No fatal accidents have occured near that intersection between 2010 and 2012, according to the latest statistics available through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.