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Semi trailer spills corn over highway as it overturns, delaying traffic

A semi tractor-trailer loaded with agricultural product overturned Monday morning on southbound Interstate 55, spilling the product across at least two lanes of traffic.
A semi tractor-trailer loaded with agricultural product overturned Monday morning on southbound Interstate 55, spilling the product across at least two lanes of traffic.

A semi tractor-trailer loaded with corn overturned Monday morning on southbound Interstate 55, spilling the product across at least two lanes of traffic.

Both northbound lanes were shut down at 11 a.m., although traffic was getting by on the right shoulder, Illinois State Master Sgt. Kris Gebke said.

One southbound lane was shut for tow trucks at 11 a.m.

Gebke said the semi hauling corn was southbound in the right lane when a tire blew, forcing the truck to the left. The truck was stopped by cable barriers, but corn spilled into both northbound lanes.

A northbound passenger car was struck by rocks and had damage to the front.

The semi’s driver had a cut to the hand but no other injures, troopers said.

The Illinois State Police suggested at about 10:30 a.m. that motorists find a way to avoid southbound I55 near mile marker 27.8, which is south of Hamel.

Reporter Mary Cooley follows the crimes and court goings-on in the metro-east; she has a special affinity for the oddities that make life in Southern Illinois interesting. Mary has a journalism degree from the University of Missouri at Columbia and previously worked as a copy editor at newspapers in the Southeast.

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