Metro-East News

Mobile home falls onto highway after truck crash in Washington County

A tractor-trailer hauling a mobile home crashed Friday afternoon, blocking all of Illinois 15 in Washington County.

State police were called to Illinois 15 one mile east of U.S. 51 in Washington County after a tractor-trailer crashed. The mobile home it was hauling fell off the trailer and was blocking both lanes of Illinois 15. Police said the crash was caused by a heavy gust of wind that blew the open-faced mobile home off the trailer.

Traffic was re-routed off Illinois 15 at Riddle Road to the east and Old State Road to the west for several hours. Several utility poles were knocked over, causing power lines to fall on the roadway.

As of 6:15 p.m., both lanes of Illinois 15 at the crash site were back open, and the power lines had been repaired. The driver, Joseph Taylor, 30, of Iuka, Illinois, was not injured.

Elizabeth Donald: 618-239-2507, @BNDedonald