UPDATED: Coroner identifies trucker killed in fiery I-74 crash


I-74 semi Crash
Two semis involved in a fatal crash Wednesday afternoon in a construction zone on I-74, between Bloomington and Peoria. (Photo from Eureka-Goodfield Fire Prot. Dist. Emergency Medical Services Facebook page)


By Howard Packowitz

BLOOMINGTON – The Woodford County Coroner said Wednesday night it was a Danville man killed in a fiery crash between two semis hours earlier in a construction zone between Bloomington and Peoria.

Coroner Tim Ruestman said Jeffrey Bryant, 48, was the driver of a truck that hit a broken-down semi about 2:25 p.m on eastbound Interstate 74 near Carlock.

Ruestman said the other driver was transported to Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal. His condition is not known.

Traffic was at a standstill as police closed I-74, between Mitsubishi Motorway and Goodfield, during the peak hours of the afternoon commute.

The coroner said his office, Illinois State Police, and the Congerville Fire Department are investigating. The coroner is conducting an autopsy to determine what caused Bryant’s death.

Howard Packowitz can be reached at howard.packowitz@cumulus.com


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