July 10

Accident Shuts Down Portion of Expressway

By News 25 Staff

July 15, 2010 Updated Jul 10, 2007 at 5:33 PM CDT

For the second time in a week, a truck driver is dead after an interstate crash.

This time, the single vehicle crash happened on Eastbound Interstate 74, fifteen miles west of the Kickapoo exit.

The fatal accident reduced traffic to one lane and emergency personnel say motorists should expect long delays into the evening.

Illinois State Police say the truck driver was hauling grain on Eastbound 74 when the vehicle left the road and ran into a forest.

Emergency personnel are investigating how the man lost control of the truck tractor semi-trailer.

State Trooper Tony Halsey said, "The vehicle rolled over. The semi did catch fire. The driver is deceased. At this point in time, we're waiting on reconstruction for identification. We have no idea who the driver of the vehicle is. The license plates burned up on the vehicle when the cabin caught fire."

The victim's badly burned body was removed from the vehicle about 4:30 p.m. The Knox County Coroner pronounced the man dead at 3:00 this afternoon.

An autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow. The cause of the crash is under investigation.