CHAMPAIGN COUNTY -- Four people were hurt in an accident on I-74 Thursday morning. It happened just east of Ogden. Investigators say a red semi was heading west. The driver told police a gust of wind made him lose control, go into the median and then into the eastbound lane.
He hit two other trucks; a FedEx semi and an IDOT pickup truck. The road was closed for hours, but has re-opened. Investigators worked to reconstruct the scene, but don't know how fast the trucks were going.
"You always have adverse weather conditions, it seems like, in Illinois," said Master Sergeant Kirk Rogers, with the Illinois State Police District 10. "Even though we don't have any snow on the ground, the heavy rain and the wind can also play havoc on traffic on the roads during the daytime and overnight hours."
Three people were treated and released. No information is available about the fourth person.
CHAMPAIGN COUNTY -- State police report serious injuries after an IDOT truck and two semis collided head-on on I-74 east. Emergency dispatchers say one person was trapped.
Both lanes of I-74 east are closed. Traffic is being re-routed to 150. One lane of I-74 west is closed because of debris. Illinois State Police say this will be a significant delay and interstate closure.
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