Speeding Car Leaps Onto I-74, Hit By Semi

By Maggie Vespa

October 10, 2010 Updated Oct 10, 2010 at 10:17 PM CDT

Traffic on Interstate 74 across Peoria's Murray Baker bridge is flowing smoothly again.

That's after a bizarre accident Sunday afternoon involving a car and a semi-truck brought it to standstill and put two people in the hospital.

West bound lanes of I-74 were closed off for more than an hour as wreckage from the accident covered nearly a mile of roadway.

Police say shortly after noon a vehicle was traveling South on Glendale Road adjacent to OSF St. Francis Medical Center.

They say the car sped through the intersection of Glendale and Spalding Road, into a parking lot, and jumped a barricade onto the interstate.

It was then T-boned by a semi tractor trailer heading west.

Witnesses say it was a scene they'll never forget.

"It came flying down the street, hit there in the curb, came flying across the highway. We heard a loud boom, real loud, and all these people came out of their apartments and houses, and basically came over here," said Jarod Wallenfang, who was in an apartment near the scene.

Both victims of the crash were quickly transported to O-S-F Medical Center.

Authorities also told us clean up of the wreckage was complicated by the fact that the semi-truck was carrying 40,000 lbs of glass sheets.

Much of which was shattered and in danger of spilling onto the roadway.

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