Metro-East News

Tractor-trailer flips on I-64; motorists pull driver from vehicle

Traffic was at a near standstill on a portion of Interstate 64 for nearly three hours Saturday after a car and a tractor-trailer crashed.

Traffic was reduced to a single lane, both eastbound and westbound, because the crash left construction materials scattered on the interstate.

The crash happened about 5:30 p.m. near Interstate 64. Illinois State Police Trooper Calvin Dye Jr. said a 19-year-old driving a Hyundai in the westbound lanes attempted to change lanes in front of a tractor-trailer driven by a 37-year-old man. The truck driver swerved in an attempt to avoid clipping the Hyundai, but the vehicles still collided.

The truck flipped. Dye said construction materials being hauled on the semi ended up scattered across the interstate, in both directions.

A nurse and other motorists pulled the driver from the truck and gave him medical aid, Dye said. The truck driver was treated at a St. Louis hospital, and released. The driver of the Hyundai was not injured.

The names of the drivers were not immediately available.

All lanes of traffic were finally reopened shortly before 9 p.m.