CHANNAHON – A three-vehicle accident on southbound Interstate 55 near U.S 6 shut traffic down for several hours Tuesday.
At about 6:20 a.m. Illinois State Police District 5 were called to the scene of an accident involving two semi-trucks and another vehicle. The accident resulted in the semi trucks catching fire. The truck drivers were not injured, but the driver of the car involved was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
I-55 south was shut down at about 7 a.m. from U.S. 6 to Bluff Road. Traffic was re-routed onto U.S. 6. Traffic opened back up at about 12:30 p.m.
The second semi truck and the car were stopped in the right lane due to heavy traffic in the construction zone, according to a press release from state police. The driver of the first semi truck failed to stop behind the second truck and the trucks collided. This caused the second truck to be forced forward into the rear of the car.
The force from the trucks hitting caused the first truck to ignite and catch fire. No hazardous material was involved. All occupants were able to exit the vehicles before the fire broke out.
The driver of the first truck was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. State police did not release the names of those involved.