Monday morning rollover shuts down I-74 for hours

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VERMILION COUNTY - Illinois State Police are investigating a crash that closed I-74 for five hours Monday morning.

According to police, Beth Bagby, 59, was parked on the right shoulder of I-74 Eastbound at milepost 206 after being struck by a hit-and-run driver in a separate crash just minutes earlier.  Bagby attempted to re-enter the roadway but did not see a blue Ford pickup truck in the right lane.

The truck, driven by Jacob N. Gorski, 17, was unable to avoid collision with Bagby's vehicle, and the resulting crash caused the truck to lose control and roll through the median, coming to a stop on the westbound lanes.

Due to Gorski's vehicle carrying commercial-grade fireworks, the University of Illinois Bomb Squad was called to remove them.  Interstate 74 was closed in both directions for about 5 hours after the crash, but has since been reopened.

Bagby was not injured in the collision, but Gorski was, and was transported to an area hospital.  Gorski's 61-year-old passenger refused treatment.  Bagby was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, and Gorski was cited for no valid driver's license.

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