I-57 Crash Claims One Life, Closes Interstate For 7 Hours

(MT. VERNON, IL) — A Thursday morning crash involving three semi-tractors on Interstate 57 near Ina resulted in one death. According to Illinois State Police, a white 2015 Freightliner semi-tractor towing a van trailer and an orange 2018 Western Star straight truck were traveling south on I-57 just before 9 a.m. Thursday when they approached slowed traffic due to the recovery of an overturned vehicle at milepost 79. As the two semis reduced their speed for the traffic backup, a red 2015 Volvo truck tractor towing a van trailer failed to reduce speed and collided with the trailer of the white semi, pushing it into the rear of the orange semi. Both the white and orange vehicles suffered major damage. The Jefferson County Coroner pronounced the driver of the red semi dead at the scene. The drivers of the white and orange semis were taken to an area hospital with minor injuries. Names of those involved are being withheld pending the notification of family. All lanes of I-57 S.B. were closed for approximately 7 hours for the crash investigation and cleanup.  Traffic was rerouted onto I-64 East then to Route 37 South. The investigation into the crash continues.