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SPRINGFILD, IL — A driver of a Lay’s Potato Chip semi truck lost control on the northbound I-55 crashing through the center median and then into a flat-bed trailer being pulled by a pick-up truck.

Tow truck at the scene of a semi truck accident in Springfield, IL where a Lay's Potato Chip big rig went off the road and down an embankment on April 11, 2012.

According to the Illinois State Police, the 18 wheeler accident occurred on Wednesday morning, April 11, at 10 a.m.

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The police said that the semi truck, driven by Ryan Martinez, 25, of Frankfort, Indiana was heading north on I-55 when it veered off the road, crashing through the center median and then crashing into a flat-bed trailer being pulled by a northbound pickup truck. Martinez told police his semi began pulling to the left for an unknown reason.

Map showing location of semi truck accident on I-55 in Springfield, IL near Stevenson Dr. on April 11, 2012.

The driver of the pickup was identified as Curtis Miller, 52, of Champaign.

SJ-R.com reports:

Traffic was slowed for about two hours on southbound Interstate 55 near the Stevenson Drive exit Wednesday morning as authorities cleaned up a crash involving a semi and a pickup truck.

After the crash, the semi drove down the embankment near the southbound lanes of the highway.

Both vehicles were towed from the crash scene. Martinez was cited for improper lane usage. A safety inspection on the semi is pending.

Traffic on I-55 southbound was reduced to one lane until about noon. At one point traffic was backed up beyond the South Grand Avenue exit.

The accident remains under investigation at this time.


Truck Accident LawyerNews is a truck accident and personal injury blog that publishes up to date truck accident and truck legal news from across the United States. Illinois, due to its high population and vast highway system, has a high incident of 18 wheeler truck accidents. Metropolitan cities with a high incident of truck accidents and vehicle collision resulting in severe personal injuries include, Champaign, Elgin and Springfield to name a few.

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