Semi-Trailer Truck Crashes and Burns from I-474 Overpass Onto Route 29 in Creve Coeur

1470 WMBD VIDEO: A semi jack-knifed and the trailer fell from Interstate 474 onto Route 29 near Creve Coeur December 16, 2011. It hit two vehicles and sent seven to the hospital. One woman was seriously injured. Here is the fire it caused after the crash.

Illinois State Police responded about 4:53 p.m. Friday to a rollover truck crash at I-474 and IL-29 in Creve Coeur, southwest of East Peoria. A semi-trailer truck jackknifed and the trailer flipped off the I-474 bridge onto Route 29 below — hitting a car and a minivan. Firefighters first on the scene reported the cab was still on I-474, but the trailer was on Illinois Route 29 below — fully engulfed.

The minivan driven by Eva Bowman, 37, of Pekin, was struck behind the front seats by the falling trailer.

Five people were reported injured and transported to OSF Saint Francis Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. Three people were injured in the minivan and two people were injured in the car.


Fire was reported on I-474 and Route 29. The trailer burned up on the ground on Route 29. Late into Friday night, the westbound lanes of I-474 were closed, and both directions of Route 29 were closed.

Creve Coeur, North Pekin, Tazewell County Sheriff deputies and other agencies also responded to the crash.

A witness reported the truck hit a snag on the shoulder barrier on the south side of the overpass, which dislodged the trailer and tumbled it to Route 29 below.


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