The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

October 5, 2013

Trio of crashes backs up I-74

BY BRIAN L. HUCHEL bhuchel@dancomnews.com
The Commercial-News

---- — DANVILLE — Rescue personnel responded Thursday to three accidents in an hour’s time along a one-mile stretch of Interstate 74.

The Vermilion County Sheriff’s Department responded to the first of the three crashes just before 4 p.m. when a vehicle driven by William Clutter of Danville left the roadway around the interstate’s 219 mile marker.

Capt. Dennis Wood said the vehicle caught the cable barrier as it left the roadway and overturned in the median. A passenger was taken to Presence United Samaritans Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries.

Around 15 minutes later, a vehicle driven by Thomas Vire of Georgetown left the roadway after traffic in from of him began to slow as a result of the original crash.

Then, at 4:49 p.m. a semi tractor trailer driven by Lawrence Lee, 64, no address listed, was headed westbound when traffic stopped ahead of him. According to Illinois State Police, he swerved into the left lane and went through the median.

The semi continued across the eastbound traffic and came to rest in the south ditch facing southwest. Lee was not injured in the crash but was cited for improper lane usage.

Danville Fire and Lynch Fire departments were called out to the scene of the crashes.

That accident scene was near the site of another semi crash early Wednesday morning in the westbound lanes of Interstate 74 near the 217 mile marker, just east of the Bowman Avenue exit.

According to Illinois State Police reports, James Carmack, 29, of Harrodsburg, Ky., was hauling more than 60 head of cattle when his semi left the roadway, striking a median cable barrier and overturning.