FAIRFIELD – Two semis were involved in a crash on US 45 near County Road 690 North in Wayne County Thursday.
According to Illinois State Police (ISP), a semi driven by a 27-year-old man from Brooklyn, New York was driving north on US 45 approaching County Road 690 North around 9:15 a.m. A previous crash at the location caused a utility pole and telephone line to fall across both lanes of US 45. Several vehicles were stopped in the northbound lanes due to the obstruction.
Another semi driven by 73-year-old Wayne Fatheree of Flora was driving south on US 45 and stopped in the southbound lanes due to the obstruction. The New York semi driver crested a hill and was unable to slow in time, swerving left to avoid the stopped vehicles. The semi struck Fatheree’s semi head-on in the southbound lane.
Fatheree was flown to a regional hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The New York semi driver was not hurt and cited for improper lane usage.
The roadway remained closed for six hours during the crash investigation.