Eastbound traffic experienced significant backups Monday morning on Interstate 64 near 25th Street as police found an injured person lying on the side of the road.
Troopers were initially called out to a possible rollover accident at 8:57 a.m., according to Lt. Calvin Brown, Illinois State Police zone 6 interim commander.
“Upon troopers’ arrival they discovered the vehicle was not actually crashed — it wasn’t rolled — but instead they encountered an individual who was laying on the side of the roadway with apparent injuries to his body,” Brown said. “At this time it does not appear that subject was involved in a crash.”
Brown said Illinois State Police troopers were investigating how the person was injured.
“The responding officers said the subject was in and out of consciousness with severe bleeding from his arm,” Trooper Calvin Dye Jr. said.
The person was taken to a hospital in St. Louis and his injuries were considered life threatening, Dye said. Later though, at about 12:30 p.m., Dye confirmed the man was in stable condition and was expected to survive.
“The sharp-force injury appears to be the result of an altercation with an unknown subject,” Dye said.
A BND reporter saw police squatting near the road in a closed-off lane on the highway. A small tan car was parked nearby, and police were looking inside the vehicle.
An Illinois Department of Transportation worker was also present.