CHICAGO, IL – Interstate 39 in downstate Illinois is back open after a 100-car pileup on Thursday afternoon forced the roadway to be shut down.
Around 3:15 PM, more than 100 vehicles, including semi-trucks, were involved in multiple car crashes in the southbound lanes of the interstate near El Paso – roughly 50 miles east of Peoria, according to Illinois State Police.
An Illinois State Police Trooper was caught in the pile-up while trying to shut down lanes. Even more cars started crashing and a pick-up truck was plowed into the back of the trooper’s SUV. Luckily, no one was hurt.
Also in Illinois, Interstate 74 near Champaign was blocked heading eastbound after a crash involving several semi tractor-trailers were involved in a crash.
“Numerous crashes and whiteout conditions are making travel extremely dangerous if not impossible,” Master Sgt. Matt McCormick told the Associated Press.
The Illinois Department of Transportation said multiple crashes were blocking all lanes of Interstate 57 southbound.
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