I-57 ramp to Johnston City reopened after semi crash

JOHNSTON CITY, IL — An Interstate 57 off-ramp was closed Monday morning due to a semi crash.

Illinois State Police were called to I-57 southbound near the 59 exit ramp around 4:16 a.m.

The driver of the semi, 47-year-old Kenneth Pierce of Hurricane Falls, Tennessee, says he was driving south on I-57 when a deer ran in front of him.

He swerved to avoid the deer and lost control of the semi. The semi left the road and stopped across the 59 exit ramp.

The semi hit a large exit ramp sign, damaging the cab and fuel tank to the trailer’s refrigerator unit. The damage caused a small diesel fuel spill which was quickly contained and cleaned up.

Pierce and his passenger were not injured in the crash.

The ramp was closed until about 6:00 a.m. and is back open to traffic.


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