A violent and deadly accident shut down I-74 this morning for hours.
The accident happened in the area where three lanes of westbound traffic going into the Murray Baker Bridge slows down to one lane and a construction zone on the bridge.
Traffic was backed up for hours as State police reconstructed the accident scene.
Police say about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, there was a collision involving a semi-tractor trailer and a pickup truck. Apparently the pickup rear-ended the semi at a high rate of speed. The pickup ran underneath the rear of the semi.
Rescue crews had to extricate the pickup's driver, Timothy Hammond, 49, of Peoria, a driver for River City Construction. Officials initially said Hammond's arm was severed in the crash.
Hammond was transported to OSF St. Francis, where he died at 2:26 p.m. Hammon suffered multiple injuries in addition to the arm injury, according to Peoria County Coroner Johnna Ingersoll.
The semi was driven by Arthur Edwardson, 44, of Harlingen, Texas.
He was not injured.
The accident remains under investigation by the East Peoria Police, assisted by Tazewell County.
Traffic has been backed up in that area all week as due to work being done on the westbound side of the Murray baker bridge. Motorists are asked to use caution.