Metro-East News

Two separate crashes on I-55 near Hamel cause minor injuries

Illinois State Police attended to two separate accidents on Interstate 55 near Hamel late Sunday afternoon.

Around 4:30 p.m., police were called to a six-car crash involving a tractor trailer at mile marker 26, in a construction zone, an ISP dispatcher said.

“Everybody slowed down except the tractor trailer, he came in hot and pushed them all together,” said Master Sgt. Kris Gebke, of the Illinois State Police.

Passengers and drivers in two vehicles were taken to Maryville Hospital with minor injuries, Gebke said.

The scene was cleared in about two hours after the crash at 4:18 p.m.

Just a few minutes later, another accident was reported on the same stretch of road at mile marker 24, KMOV reported.

The crash on northbound Interstate 55 near mile post 24 involved two cars at about 4:50 p.m., Gebke said. There were no injuries in that crash.

ISP was called to another crash in the construction zone last Thursday. That accident also involved a tractor trailer.

Hana Muslic: 618-239-2626, @h_muslic