Semi Crash and Fire Shuts Down Interstate 70 Westbound (UPDATE)

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Published on April 16 2012 2:26 pm
Last Updated on July 14 2013 4:07 pm

 

A semi trailer truck crashed into concrete barriers in the interstate construction zone south outside Effingham Monday afternoon and then caught fire.  Westbound I-70 was closed at the south trilevel until about 8:45pm Monday.

Southbound travel on I-57 in the area of the crash was pretty much back to normal by about 6pm.

Effingham Fire Chief Joe Holomy said the rig caught fire, but said the driver was out of his vehicle shortly after the crash and talking with emergency personnel at the scene.  No word as to why the driver didn't notice the signage and barricades before the crash.

Emergency crews pushed the trailer of the semi, which was burned, off the westbound I-70 ramp to get the roadway re-opened.

Holomy said the rig was hauling food products.

(CREWS STAND BY AS MACHINERY IS USED TO MOVE THE BURNED SEMI TRAILER OFF THE WESTBOUND I-70 RAMP IN THE CONSTRUCTION ZONE SOUTH OUTSIDE EFFINGHAM)