Hoopeston Truck Driver Injured in Crash

HARRISTOWN — Authorities report a 41-year-old Hoopeston man was treated for non-life-threatening injuries after his semitrailer crashed in downstate Harristown.  The truck slammed into the back of an unoccupied vehicle protecting an Illinois Department of Transportation work crew.

Todd A. Cross was driving a 2011 Freightliner semitrailer east on Interstate 72 when he fell asleep behind the wheel and reportedly didn't see three warning signs that the driving lane was closed.

Police said Cross struck an unoccupied, stationary vehicle that was protecting an IDOT crew that was working on the road at 12:26 p.m. Tuesday. The IDOT workers scrambled out of the way and were not reported injured.

Cross was taken by ambulance to Decatur Memorial Hospital..

Police ticketed Cross for improper lane usage, failure to yield to an Illinois Department of Transportation vehicle and driving while fatigued.


94.1 FM, WGFA