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Men sent to hospital after semi hydroplanes and overturns on highway, police say

What to do if you’ve been in a car accident

Be prepared when you hit the road. Here are some quick tips on what to do if you are in a car accident.
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Be prepared when you hit the road. Here are some quick tips on what to do if you are in a car accident.

A semi driver and passenger were taken to a Marion hospital after the semi they were in hydroplaned and crashed off the road early Thursday morning.

The Illinois State Police said the driver, 28-year-old Johnathan Harold Swanson, of Houston, Texas, was driving too fast for conditions when the 2016 Freightliner truck with a trailer drove onto water while southbound on Interstate 57 in Williamson County.

The semi hydroplaned and went off the road where it overturned at about 2 a.m. Thursday, Illinois State Police said.

Swanson is facing charges of improper lane usage, police said.

Swanson and a passenger, Mark Demond Brown, 36, of Corsicana, Texas, had injuries that were not considered life-threatening.

Mary Cooley: 618-239-2535; @MaryCooleyBND
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