2 hospitalized, driver cited in truck tractor crash

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Photo: Effingham Fire Dept. Photo: Effingham Fire Dept.
Photo: Effingham Fire Dept. Photo: Effingham Fire Dept.
Photo: Effingham Fire Dept. Photo: Effingham Fire Dept.

EFFINGHAM, Ill. (WAND) – Two drivers were hospitalized after an interstate crash.

State troopers say it happened at about 1:40 p.m. Monday in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 and at milepost 90 near Effingham. It involved a Freightliner truck tractor and International 3-axle truck. The truck tractor was pulling a trailer.

Troopers say the driver of the truck tractor, 44-year-old Ronald Fisher, stayed in the right lane after passing a construction maintenance truck that carried a sign asking drivers to merge left. They say the truck tractor then slammed into another maintenance truck that had the same sign.

Fisher, along with maintenance truck driver Benjamin Streeval, 25, are both in hospital care. Troopers cited Fisher for failing to slow down and violating Scott’s Law, which requires cars to slow down and change lanes if possible when approaching emergency vehicles.

Just before 6 p.m. Monday, St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital leaders told WAND-TV the hospital released both men. 

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