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Driver in critical condition after crash stops traffic Monday morning on Interstate 55

A photo provided by the Illinois Department of Transportation traffic cameras shows an extensive traffic jam on Interstates 55/70 on Monday morning.
A photo provided by the Illinois Department of Transportation traffic cameras shows an extensive traffic jam on Interstates 55/70 on Monday morning. Provided photo

All lanes of Southbound Interstate 55/70 at the Interstate 255 interchange were stopped because of a crash on Monday morning, IDOT reports, and one driver is in critical condition according to state police. The crash debris was cleared and traffic resumed at about 2:15, IDOT reported on Twitter.

The Illinois Department of Transportation issued the Tweet at about 9 a.m. Illinois State Police said a Fed Ex truck rear-ended a truck carrying grain at mile marker 9. The grain spilled onto the highway, covering all lanes.

The Fed Ex driver was taken to a St. Louis hospital in critical condition, police said.

KMOV News reports that two semi tractors crashed and one trailer spilled its contents over the highway.

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