A semi driver was airlifted to the hospital after he drove off the highway, striking a hill, light pole and concrete culvert before coming to a stop.
The crash occurred at about 6 a.m. Wednesday on Interstate 57 near West Webster Street in Franklin County. The right southbound lane was closed and crews were working on towing the vehicle at 8 a.m., Trooper Joshua Haile said.
The semi driver, 61-year-old Mark Johnson, of Marion, was airlifted to an area hospital with major injuries. He was charged with improper lane usage.
The collision caused the cab to partially separate from the vehicle's frame, according to a news release. Traffic was backed up for hours as crews worked to clean up the crash.
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