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Driver of overturned truck charged with DUI

Ramp onto I-80 closed 7 hours

Rescue workers secure the driver of an overturned tanker-truck to a stretcher before lowering him to a waiting ambulance. The single-vehicle accident occurred Wednesday on the westbound entrance ramp to Interstate 80, at Illinois 47.
Rescue workers secure the driver of an overturned tanker-truck to a stretcher before lowering him to a waiting ambulance. The single-vehicle accident occurred Wednesday on the westbound entrance ramp to Interstate 80, at Illinois 47.

JOLIET – A Morris trucker was issued four citations following an accident Wednesday that closed the westbound ramp to Interstate 80 at Morris for seven hours.

David Zumbahlen, 45, of Morris, was cited with driving under the influence, improper lane usage, failure to reduce speed, and failure to wear his seat belt.

Illinois State Police, District 5 spokesman Mark Dorencz said Zumbahlen failed to reduce speed as he went onto the westbound entrance ramp from the south, and overturned his tanker onto the shoulder of the roadway.

The vehicle landed on the passenger side. Zumbahlen was alone in the cab, and received non-incapacitating injuries, Dorencz noted today.

“He failed to reduce speed as he went onto the westbound entrance ramp,” Dorencz said. “He was going too fast, and the truck overturned onto the passenger side.”

The incident occurred about 7:45 a.m. Zumbahlen was transported to Morris Hospital, where he was treated and released.

Zumbahlen was driving for Groendyke Transport of Enid, Okla. The tanker was transporting a type of non-hazardous industrial soap containing chemicals.

Dorencz said an amount of the substance leaked from the tanker during the incident.

Morris Fire Chief Bob Coleman said authorities finished uprighting the vehicle and pumping the soap product into another truck around 2:30 or 2:45 p.m. Wednesday.

“The entrance ramp was still closed at 2:45 p.m.,” Coleman noted.

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