Tractor-trailer overturns near Waterloo
One person was injured Wednesday afternoon in a single-vehicle crash involving a semi on Illinois 3.
The truck was traveling northbound around a curve at approximately 1:30 p.m. when the driver lost control of the vehicle and crossed the southbound lanes through a ditch. The trailer snagged on the asphalt, then twisted and landed on its side in a corn field next to the road.
It’s not clear what caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle, according to Brett Wiegand, Waterloo Community Fire Protection’s district chief. The truck was hauling a lime slurry, though the slurry remained contained and did not represent an immediate hazard. Diesel fuel was leaking into the ground, however, and firefighters placed extinguishers nearby in case of fire.
The driver was taken to an area hospital with a head trauma, the fire chief said. Members of the Waterloo police and fire departments responded to the scene, where the tractor-trailer was on its side. No other injuries were reported.
“It’s a bad situation that could have been worse,” Wiegand said.
Crews from Petroff Towing were on their way to upright and remove the truck as of 2:30 p.m.