Semi-Trailer Falls From Central Illinois Overpass

December 19, 2011

The trailer of a semi-truck has fallen from a central Illinois overpass, striking a van below and sparking an explosion and intense fire.

Illinois State Police Trooper Dustin Pierce says at least three people were taken to area hospitals Friday evening with minor injuries.

The truck reportedly fell from a westbound I-474 overpass onto Illinois Route 29, striking a van. Witnesses say the cab of the truck remained on the overpass, and that passers-by pulled the driver to safety. Witnesses also say the van’s driver walked away from the accident.

The fire has reportedly spread to other vehicles.

It wasn’t immediately clear what the truck was carrying.

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