ISP Troopers arrest 1 for DUI, other charges after I-57 crash
CHAMPAIGN COUNTY - Illinois State Police officials say one person has been arrested on multiple charges following a two-vehicle crash involving a stolen vehicle on Interstate 57 on February 18.
ISP officials say the crash happened on I-57 Southbound in Champaign County near mile post 236. According to the preliminary investigation into the crash, a 2005 GMC Envoy and 2004 GMC garbage truck were traveling southbound on I-57 in the left lane. Troopers say a truck-tractor double trailer was driving in the right lane in the same location, and slowed down to allow the garbage truck to complete the pass.
Illinois State Police say the Envoy moved into the gap between both trucks, then sped up and attempted to pass the garbage truck on the right side, cutting in front of the truck and colliding with the truck's front passenger side. Police say the garbage truck lost control and flipped onto the driver's side while blocking both lanes of traffic, while the Envoy came to rest in the grass median. Authorities say witnesses reported seeing the Envoy allegedly driving recklessly and weaving in and out of traffic prior to the crash.
Both drivers were taken to a local hospital for treatment of injuries, and I-57 southbound lanes were blocked and reduced for several hours. ISP officials say the Envoy was a stolen vehicle, and that the driver of the Envoy, identified as Kim Willis, 31, was arrested.
Willis faces preliminary charges of possession of a stolen vehicle, driving under the influence of drugs, driving while license is revoked for DUI, no insurance, reckless driving, and improper lane usage. Additional charges are pending following the completion of an investigation.
Officials say all lanes should be clear at this time, and that the garbage truck will remain on the southbound shoulder until tomorrow morning. The investigation into this crash is ongoing.
We will provide more information as it becomes available.