By RICK HAYES firstname.lastname@example.org
---- — DUQUOIN — Illinois State Police have released additional information on the fiery crash in the northbound lanes of Interstate 57 earlier this week.
Five vehicles were involved in the crash, including an Illinois State Police trooper, whose SUV caught on fire.
According to information, all five vehicles were northbound near the 75.9 mile marker.
A 1992 Chevrolet 1500 pickup stalled and became disabled partially in the left lane of traffic. A semi driver moved his vehicle to the right lane/right shoulder area. A 2004 Ford F350, pulling an enclosed box trailer, attempted to avoid striking both units by going between them.
A 2009 Dodge 3500 Ram, driven by a Kentucky motorist, attempted to avoid colliding with the Chevrolet pickup and semi by maneuvering his vehicle toward the middle of both lanes. His actions resulted in the driver of the SUV having no path available to avoid a collision.
The SUV collided with the rear of the 2009 Dodge, pushing it into the rear of the semi. This collision pushed the semi’s trailers onto the guard rail on the right edge of the roadway, ISP reported.
As a result of the impact of the 2009 Dodge 3500 and the SUV, the SUV caught on fire. The state trooper was extricated by motorists and drug to safety.
The 1992 Chevrolet was not struck in the series of events, but it was damaged by fire due to the proximity to the SUV’s rest location, police stated.
The state trooper, not identified in the news release, has been identified in online reports as Nathan Shanks, a 2003 graduate of Taylorville High School. Shanks reportedly was airlifted from the scene with severe burns and several bone fractures.
One other person, a 44-year-old male from Jackson, Mo., was treated for non life-threatening injuries, police report.
ISP said the crash is still under investigation and charges are pending.
The accident happened around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.