A truck driver crashed the tractor trailer he was driving on Highway 63 at the intersection of the Highway and interstate 70.
Traffic was backed up for several miles as police dealt with the crash in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 70.
The truck had been transporting a shipment full of car batteries, when it jackknifed and went into a ditch near the ramp on Highway 63. The truck was leaking diesel fuel and because of its cargo, the firefighters who responded to the crash were concerned about the surrounding environment. Columbia firefighter John Metz said that there was diesel fuel that had ruptured from the semi tractor’s saddle tanks. In response, the firefighters made filter dams and put buoys and skimmers in the water, hoping to pull some of that in. Then he said “We notified DNR. They are aware of the situation and we are working with them.”
The truck driver suffered minor injuries in the crash.
The crash took several hours to clean up.
The Illinois State Police reported a truck accident on U.S. 54 that closed the highway for around two hours on Monday, September 16.
Police report that R. Scott Forshey, 52, of Pittsfield, was driving west on 54 at around 12:29 p.m. but suddenly drifted off the right side of the road, where he then struck several chevron signs. When he tried to over-correct the mistake, the truck overturned and the vehicle then blocked the two lanes of traffic. Forshey was transported to the Illini Community Hospital in Pittsfield, and received treatment for moderate injuries.
Police cited him for improper lane usage and failure to wear a seatbelt.
The Pittsfield Fire Department, the Pike County Sheriff’s Department, and the Pike County EMA, all assisted with the crash cleanup and aftermath.
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