Driver injured in single-vehicle semi wreck in Jefferson County, Illinois

A truck driver was injured Wednesday morning when a tractor-trailer drove through a guardrail and down an embankment in Jefferson County, Illinois, Wednesday morning, according to Illinois State Police. 

ISP says around 11:45 a.m. the tractor-trailer was headed northbound on Interstate 57 at milepost 92 —entering the Interstate 57/64 interchange — when the driver, 57-year-old James Patton of Watertown, Tennessee, failed to negotiate a curve and drove through the guard rail.  

Troopers say the semi traveled down the embankment and through another guardrail before coming to rest in the eastbound lanes of I-64.  Patton was taken to a hospital with what ISP describes as "incapacitating" injuries. 

At last report, ISP said traffic from southbound I-57 to eastbound I-64 is being routed to Exit 83 in Ina. 

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, Mt. Vernon Fire Department, and the Jefferson County Rural Fire Protection District responded to the wreck, and Litton Ambulance Service took Patton to the hospital. 

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