GOODFIELD – One person died Wednesday afternoon after two semis collided on Interstate 74 five miles east of town in the southeastern portion of Woodford County.
According to the Illinois State Police, at 2:25 p.m., one semi broke down on the shoulder of the eastbound lanes near milepost 117. A second semi tried to pass, but it struck the first and caught fire. The driver of the second semi, Jeffrey Bryant, 48, of Danville, was pronounced dead at the scene at 4:50 p.m. According to the ISP, the impact of the crash and fire resulted in a death, state police said in a news release. The driver of the first semi, 29-year-old Ethan Stauffer of Le Roy, was taken to Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal with non-life threatening injuries.
All four lanes of I-74 were shut down in each direction for several hours following the accident from milepost 112 to 125. Eastbound traffic was detoured at the Goodfield exit (112) and routed to U.S. Route 150. Westbound traffic was sent to 150 at Mitsubishi Parkway (exit 125). Law enforcement noted traffic was backed up at the intersection of 150 and Illinois Route 117 east all the way to Carlock or approximately 10 miles.