Semi Accident on I-74 Causes Sticky Situation

By Marc Strauss

October 13, 2011 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 4:06 AM CDT

GOODFIELD, Ill. - Police say at 4:20 Thursday morning driver Bradford Garrett lost control of his truck carrying frozen cakes and other baked goods and collided with another semi driven by Ronnie Davis.

The accident happened on westbound I-74 about 4 1/2 miles west of Goodfield and left 20 tons of desserts and bratwurst strewn about the highway.

"It's very slippery out here because of the sugar and the fats from the meat," said Illinois State Trooper Dominic Visione. "IDOT is out here to pressure-wash the road."

Another crew from Dunbar Transfer was responsible for hauling away all of the spoiled food.

"We hauled 8 tandem loads of food to the landfill this morning, said hauling company Landon Dunbar. "That's a lot of food."

And it made traffic hard to swallow for motorists who were detoured to Route-150 while clean up was taking place. The convoy stretched all the way to Morton where they were eventually able to get back on the highway, but not all of them in time.

"I'm late for work," said Shelton Coleman, who commutes from Bloomington to Peoria for his job. "I should have been at work 30 minutes ago. I've been on the road for about an hour-and-a-half."

Local authorities chipped in to help. In Deer Creek police chief Jim Edwards began directing traffic for the detour at 8 am and he wasn't sure when he'd be able to call it quits.

"Last I heard it was probably going to be after noon," said Edwards.

When asked if he had comfortable shoes Edwards replied, "Shoes aren't my worry. My arms are going to fall off."

The accident could have been much worse. According to Trooper Visione there was another truck traveling a short distance behind the two that collided.

"He noticed that he didn't see the tail lights of the trucks in front of him anymore and he noticed the debris all over the road and he decided to stop. He stopped less than 20 yard from the back of one of the trucks."

The westbound lanes of I-74 finally reopened around noon, about 7 1/2 hours after the accident.

The two truck drivers involved were taken to OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria where they were treated and released.