UPDATE: Accident Stops Traffic on I-39

OGLE COUNTY (WIFR) -- Traffic is back to normal after three trucks collide on Interstate 39.

The road re-opened around 12:01 a.m. this morning.

It happened Tuesday afternoon just before noon near the route 72 exit in Ogle County. Police say two trucks were blocking northbound traffic for a snow plow.

That's when a semi swiped the rear truck, skidded and hit the first truck and its driver who was outside of the vehicle. Three people suffered minor injuries.

The semi driver was ticketed for failure to reduce speed. All lanes were closed for several hours since the semi was carrying a liquid fertilizer that could have been hazardous.

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  • by Doug Location: Northern IL on Feb 10, 2011 at 04:38 AM
    Being 1 of 5 school districts that were affected by this accident I justed wanted to add my 2 cents in. We called the State Police and asked about traffic backups on 251, we were told that everything was fine, this was at 2:30 P.M. We adjusted our routes just in case there was a problem, we found out that the information given to us was incorrect by the dispatcher. The traffic north bound was backed up from IL 72 to IL 64 that is 6 miles. One of the drivers was delayed for 15 minutes trying to get through an intersection. It is not channel 23 fault but the transportation directors needed this vitale information.
  • by wendy on Feb 9, 2011 at 04:08 PM
    1 more thing, sticking up w/Emily & her post, this is for "Scott"... U say ur tired of them calling them accidents? Well I bet ur tired of it, well atleast till it happens to u, I bet THEN it will b considered an accident, huh?
  • by wendy on Feb 9, 2011 at 04:06 PM
    @Emily ... 1st I'm glad ur dad is ok, and I love ur comment sticking up 4 ur dad, u said it all when u said '....where u there...' To "Scott".
    U go girl. God bless u & ur family.
  • by Joe firefighter Location: Small Town USA on Feb 9, 2011 at 02:36 PM
    To me the most important thing is that everybody went home ,the truck drive ,DOT drivers and the firemen. Sorry if you got home late but we have to be safe out there
  • by Emily Location: Pleasant Hill, IL on Feb 9, 2011 at 01:12 PM
    Responding to a comment by Scott. How do you know the person was not paying attention? How do you know what happened? Were you there??? It was an accident!-Daughter of the semi-driver
  • by 23 Web Editor Location: Rockford on Feb 9, 2011 at 08:23 AM
    Response to Millie: The road was not reopened until 12:01 a.m. this morning, at which time our web staff is not at work. We received confirmation that the road was opened at 7:30 a.m. this morning from the state. However, our morning producer found out earlier and edited the story at 5:24 a.m. according to the time stamp on the web page. You just missed the refresh when you commented. Sorry about that.
  • by Misty Location: Lincoln on Feb 9, 2011 at 06:48 AM
    I thought there could have been more assistance is diverting the traffic it took over two hours to get from three miles away from the Byron exit where they had the interstate closed around to 251 and back to 64 to the oregon exit. Why they didnt have signs way before so people knew you had to get off? It would have made it a lot faster.
  • by millie Location: rockford on Feb 9, 2011 at 03:29 AM
    16 hours after your original post and no update as to whether or not the road is open? Come on people need to travel on this road! Finish what you started with your story.
  • by Nurse Grammy on Feb 8, 2011 at 05:06 PM
    My husband is on Monroe Twp Fire Dept and has been out there since it happened (except for running an add'l ambulance call). C'mon news writers...it's also the Monroe Center exit...MC is 1 mile...Byron is 12 miles from I-39!! Henderson was just here 10 days ago for the MC Youth Baseball Chili Cook-Off!!
  • by Scott Location: Rochelle on Feb 8, 2011 at 04:55 PM
    Perhaps when people stop calling crashes "accidents" people will take the driving task more seriously. I'm tired of hearing, "It was an unfortunate accident," to excuse someone who wasn't paying attention and caused a crash. I'm even more tired of that lame excuse when they cause a fatal crash.
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