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Two semis overturn on major highway; police divert traffic for hours

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Both southbound lanes of Interstate 55 were reopened by about 4:15 p.m. near the Illinois State Police headquarters in Collinsville. Lanes were blocked for much of the day from two overturned semis, police said.

The Troy Police Department reported that two semi trucks were overturned at about 11:30 a.m. Monday on southbound Interstate 55 near the Illinois State Police headquarters in Collinsville.

Illinois State Police spokesman Joshua Korando said there were no injuries and tow trucks were on the way early Monday afternoon. There was not an estimated time for the semis to be removed and the debris cleaned up. By about 3:30 p.m., one lane had been reopened.

A photo posted by ISP showed a semi and trailer apparently blocking all lanes of southbound traffic just before the Interstate 255 exit.

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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