Semi Trailer Loses Load; Causes 3 Semi Crash

Illinois State Police says a three-semi crash Friday on Interstate 57 north of Farina was the result of another semi losing part of its load on the roadway.

Preliminary details from the crash investigation say that a semi driven by Shelli R. Ferguson of Texas was traveling north on Interstate 57 near milepost 154 when large pieces of metal fell from her trailer onto the roadway. She then reportedly left the scene.

Three other semis, driven by Gilberto Medina of Mexico, and Cedric Walker and William Phillips both of Tennessee, all crashed into the metal pieces on the roadway.¬†Phillips’s and Walker’s semis each required a tow from the scene due to damage.¬†

Walker was transported to HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham for treatment of minor injuries.

Ferguson was charged with leaving the scene of a injury crash, failure to render aid/information, improper lane usage, unsecure load, and a false log book.  She was also wanted on a warrant.