Jaws of life used to free driver and child from minivan that crashed on I-80

PORT BYRON, Illinois -- A driver and a child were trapped inside a minivan that crashed into the back of a stopped semi on Interstate 80.

The crash happened near the Interstate 88 interchange around 4 p.m. Thursday, October 11, according to a statement from the Illinois State Police.  A Dodge minivan traveling westbound went off the road "for unknown reasons" and drove onto the scale entrance ramp, hitting the back of a semi.

There were three juvenile passengers in the car along with the driver.  Police said the 31-year-old driver and an eight-year-old boy were trapped in the minivan.

I-80 westbound was shut down as responders extricated the people in the minivan, according to police.  Once they were freed, both the driver and the child were flown to Iowa City for treatment.  The other two juveniles in the car were taken to a nearby hospital, treated and released to their dad.

Traffic was blocked for nearly two hours.  Around 6:15 p.m. Illinois State Police confirmed that traffic was back open to both lanes.

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