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Semi rolls over on I-64 after flu causes driver to black out, police say

A rollover accident slowed the metro-east morning commute Friday on Interstate 64 just east of the Interstate 255 exchange.
A rollover accident slowed the metro-east morning commute Friday on Interstate 64 just east of the Interstate 255 exchange.

A tractor trailer rolled over about 7 a.m. Friday on Interstate 64 after police say the driver blacked out due to the flu.

The accident occurred in the westbound lanes of the highway just east of the Interstate 255 exchange. Morning traffic — both westbound and eastbound — was backed up as crews worked to clean up the crashed tractor trailer.

Illinois State Police posted on Facebook and asked that commuters should seek alternative routes.

No one was injured during the accident, according to Illinois State Police Trooper Calvin Dye Jr. The truck’s load did fall off the trailer during the crash, though.

Influenza has hit area hospitals hard, with at least one creating a new “manpower pool” to cope with the number of seriously ill patients.

Officials the flu is now widespread in 49 states with nearly 75,000 people infected as of last week.

As for traffic accidents, Illinois State Police District 11 troopers have responded to more than 185 crashes since the start of 2018 and at least six people have died.

While the numbers might seem high, Dye said they are not unusual for District 11, which covers Bond, Monroe, Madison, St. Clair and Clinton counties.

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