Roadway open after crash closes lane of I-80 near Big X
Updated at 5:46 p.m., Friday, December 13 –
The Illinois State Police said that the closed lane was reopened at 5:30 p.m. on Friday.
Original story posted at 3:01 p.m., Friday, December 13 –
One lane of westbound Interstate 80 was closed east of the Big X after a crash involving two semis.
Illinois State Police said a semi-truck was broken down and stationary on the right shoulder of westbound I-80 at mile marker 12 when it was struck by another semi traveling westbound in the right-hand lane.
The location is about a mile east of the Big X.
Police said the second semi crossed onto the right shoulder and struck the driver’s side of the disabled truck at about 1 p.m. Friday, December 13, 2013.
The collision caused the stationary truck to lose its load, blocking the right westbound lane of I-80 at mile marker 12. A spokesman for Illinois State Police said the load was scrap cardboard.
There were two occupants in the disabled semi, and they were both taken by ambulance to an area hospital for treatment of injuries they suffered in the crash.
Police said the driver of the second semi, Dale Marshall, 61, of Amana, Iowa was charged with improper lane usage in connection with the crash. Marshall was placed out of service for alleged log book violations.
Police expected one lane would be blocked, leaving only one open lane for westbound traffic on I-80 at the crash location, until about 6 p.m. Friday.