UPDATE: I-74 reopen after crash that killed trucker

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 Neil Doyle

BLOOMINGTON – Illinois State Police said I-74 is reopen after two semi-trucks collided Wednesday afternoon near Carlock and killed one man.

Jeffery Bryant, 48, of Danville was killed in the crash, according to Woodford County Coroner Tim Ruestman.  The other semi-driver, 29-year old Ethan Stauffer, of LeRoy was transported to Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal with non-life threatening injuries, according to ISP.

ISP said Stauffer’s truck was broken down on the shoulder in a construction zone around 2:25 p.m. Bryant tried passing in his truck, but the two collided and caught fire.

The collision caused both directions of the highway between Mitsubishi Motorway and Goodfield to close for over 12 hours.

The crash remains under investigation by the coroner’s office, ISP and the Congerville Fire Department.  The coroner is conducting an autopsy to determine what caused Bryant’s death.

Neil Doyle can be reached at neil.doyle@cumulus.com

 

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