Mt. Vernon Register-News

February 5, 2014

Accident on I-57 backs up traffic

The Register-News

INA — Three separate accidents in the southbound lanes of Interstate 57at mile post 82 in Jefferson County resulted in a traffic logjam Tuesday night.

A semi driven by Barrington Wilson, 22, of Stroudsburg, Pa., overturned on the snow-packed roadway. Wilson, who was not injured, ws ticketed for driving too fast for conditions.

An Ina police officer was assisting with traffic as a result of the first incident. He was outside of his vehicle and his vehicle was stationary on the left shoulder. A semi driven by 53-year-old Mirsad Hadzalic of Holland, Mich.,struck the rear of the Ina squad car after losing control on the snow and ice covered roadway, according to an Illinois State Police report. Hadzalic was charged with driving too fast for conditions and failure to yield to a stationary emergency vehicle.

A third accident involved two semis, including one hauling cars. According to police, Zacharia A. Kofski, 27, of Richmond, Ind., had slowed for the traffic backup and was rear-ended by a semi driven by Patricio Melendez Arrieta, 52, of El Paso, Texas. Arrieta was charged with driving too fast for conditions.

Kofski received minor injuries and was taken to Good Samaritan Regional Health Center.

The first accident occurred around 7:20 p.m., the second at 8 p.m. and the third shortly before 9 p.m., according to ISP.