Metro-East News

Semi driver dies after being helicoptered from I-55 crash in Troy

A medical helicopter at the scene of the crash.
A medical helicopter at the scene of the crash.

The driver of a northbound tractor trailer that collided with the rear of a car driven by a 25-year-old Cahokia woman on I-55 near Troy on Saturday died at a St. Louis Hospital after being evacuated from the crash scene by helicopter, according to Illinois State Police in Collinsville.

Timothy Emerick of Vandalia, the owner of a trucking firm and the driver, died of his injuries, said Master Sgt. Mike Lewis. The driver of the car was also evacuated by helicopter and was treated and released, Lewis said.

“The investigation of the accident is pending,” said Lewis, who said the tractor trailer and auto had been removed from the crash scene that had blocked the interstate highway for about three hours.

Lewis said two helicopters were called to the crash scene near the 17.5 mile marker.

Lewis said the truck left the roadway and hit an embankment after the collision with the four-door sedan.

Traffic on the highway was shut down but vehicles were rerouted off U.S. 40.

Lewis credited the Maryville and Troy fire and rescue crews with quick action in treating the victims.

He did not have information on whether the drivers were wearing seat belts. He said there were no passengers in the vehicles.

George Pawlaczyk: 618-239-2625, @gapawlaczyk

Mike Koziatek: 618-239-2502, @MikeKoziatekBND