The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

November 1, 2013

Truck crashes snarl traffic Thursday on I-74

Staff Report
The Commercial-News

---- — ST. JOSEPH — A traffic backup caused by a jackknifed tractor-trailer early Thursday morning on Interstate 74 contributed to another crash to happen shortly before 8 a.m. between St. Joseph and Ogden.

Illinois State Police said a tractor-trailer driven by 42-year-old Michael I. Lowery of Indianapolis hydroplaned, causing him to lose control and veer off the roadway and into the median.

The tractor-trailer jackknifed and crashed into the median, damaging approximately 340 feet of median cable. Lowery was cited for driving too fast for conditions.

Traffic was backed up shortly before 8 a.m. in the eastbound lanes of I-74 because the jackknifed truck was blocking one of the lanes, state police said.

A car driven by 34-year-old Hilary Edgerly, who works at the Veterans Affairs Illiana Health Care S was at a near stop behind a tractor-trailer driven by 44-year-old Kevin Hedden when an SUV driven by 42-year-old Nicole Gropp struck the back of Edgerly’s car, causing Edgerly to rear end the tractor-trailer.

Gropp was cited with failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and was taken to Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana where she was treated and released.

Kingman man arrested for check fraud

KINGMAN, Ind. — Special Deputies James Miller and Justin Nelson with the Vermillion County Sheriff’s Department arrested Clayton Randle Allen, 29, of Kingman, Ind., Wednesday on an outstanding warrant of check fraud, a Class C misdemeanor.

Bond had been set at $7,000. Allen was released Wednesday from the Vermillion County Jail after posting a $700 cash bond. Marshal Thomas Powell with the Kingman town marshal’s office assisted with the arrest.