Metro-East News

Semi driver flown to hospital after crash that closes lane of Interstate 64

A semi struck another semi that was parked on the shoulder of Interstate 64 early Wednesday, seriously injuring one driver and reducing the interstate from about 6:40 a.m. well into the afternoon.

Illinois State Police spokesman Joshua Haile said a 2016 International truck hauling a trailer had parked on the shoulder of eastbound Interstate 64 on Wednesday morning when a Volvo truck hauling a trailer veered off the road and into the parked truck.

The Volvo’s driver, Peter Gurdon, 41, of Sarasota, Fla., had to be extricated from the vehicle and was taken by helicopter to a hospital with serious injuries.

“We were all very happy that we were talking to him when they were loading him into the ambulance,” Haile said in remarking on the severity of the damage to the semi.

The driver of the parked truck was slightly injured in the crash, Haile said.

The International’s driver, Kevin Shaw, 51, of Marion, was slightly injured in the crash.

Both trucks also sustained serious damage. Interstate 64 was reduced to one lane for almost 12 hours, Haile said. Traffic had backed up for about a mile.

Gurdon was cited for improper lane usage.