Semi driver airlifted after crashing while using cellphone

FULTON COUNTY, Illinois- A semi driver was Life Flighted to OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria after police say he was distracted by his cell phone.

Jamie L. Hayes, 42, of Cuba, IL was driving eastbound on Illinois Route 116 near the intersection of Highway 39 in Fulton County.

Police say he was distracted by his cell phone, crossed the westbound lane and hit the ditch. The 2011 Freightliner Truck rolled over onto its passenger side in a field.

Hayes was then transported by Air Evac Life Flight to OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. No word yet on his condition.

Police decided to charge Hayes with:

  1. Distracted driving
  2. Improper lane usage
  3. Failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident

“Assistance was provided by the following agencies: Fulton County Sheriff’s Department, Farmington Police Department, Farmington Fire & Rescue, Fulton County Ambulance, IDOT and Air Evac Life Flight.”

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.