I-80 shut down for several hours after crash near Atkinson

Traffic on I-80 was backed up Friday evening after an accident between Atkinson and Annawan.

A spokesperson from the Illinois State Police said shortly after 7 p.m. Friday, June 6, 2014 a semi that was headed eastbound on I-80 struck another semi that was parked on the shoulder at milepost 32. The parked semi then caught fire.

Eastbound and westbound traffic on I-80 was stopped after the crash. Illinois State Police said both eastbound and westbound traffic would be shut down for several hours.

Police said traffic was being rerouted onto U.S. 6, south of the interstate.

News 8 crews saw emergency vehicles and a hazmat team traveling eastbound toward the reported accident using the westbound lanes.

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