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Semi driver cited after spilling beer, causing traffic tie ups on I-70

A 18-wheeler, hauling a load of Bud Light Lime beer, overturned Tuesday morning just east of Highland on westbound Interstate 70,between mile marker 27 and 28. The driver of the truck was taken to Anderson Hospital. Gregg Cox, a Commercial Vehicle Officer with the Illinois State Police, said it appears the driver might have fallen asleep before he ran off the highway.
A 18-wheeler, hauling a load of Bud Light Lime beer, overturned Tuesday morning just east of Highland on westbound Interstate 70,between mile marker 27 and 28. The driver of the truck was taken to Anderson Hospital. Gregg Cox, a Commercial Vehicle Officer with the Illinois State Police, said it appears the driver might have fallen asleep before he ran off the highway. News Leader

The driver of a semi full of beer has been ticketed for a crash Tuesday morning that left Interstate 70 west closed for hours near Highland.

Illinois State Police spokesman Calvin Dye Jr. said investigators believe the driver fell asleep.

“There were no tire marks to indicate that he even made an attempt to stop before the truck was into the grass,” Dye said of the investigators’ conclusion.

The driver, whose identity has not been released by police, has been cited for improper lane usage and driving while fatigued.

Gregg Cox, a commercial vehicle officer with the Illinois State Police, said the semi hauling a load of Bud Light Lime beer flipped over at about 9:15 a.m. Tuesday between mile markers 27 and 28.

The driver was taken to Anderson Hospital in Maryville. Dye said he has “some broken bones, but nothing that is life-threatening.”

I-70 west was restricted to only one lane for several hours while workers cleaned up debris from the median and righted the 18-wheeler, which rolled over onto its side in the center median. The impact caused the roof of the trailer to tear open, spilling hundreds of cases of beer in the grass.

Contact reporter Scott Wuerz at swuerz@bnd.com or 618-239-2626. Follow him on Twitter: @scottwuerzBND.

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