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I-57 Reopened Following Fiery Semi-Garbage Truck Crash

August 26, 2016

An early morning crash on southbound Interstate 57 just south of the Route 161 Extension has sent both drivers to the hospital for treatment.

Initial information indicates a truck carrying Pepsi products ran into the rear of a garbage truck. The Pepsi truck and the semi carrying the product then caught fire and was destroyed.

Salem Fire Officials say both drivers were out of their vehicles before they arrived. One driver was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia and the other to Salem Township Hospital.

State Police are handling the accident and have not yet released any information, including the names of those involved.

The crash occurred at about 5:30 Friday morning, backing up traffic well past the Route 161 exit. The highway was reopened around 7:40.

Marion County Sheriff’s Deputies, Salem and Kell Fire Departments, and Marion County ESDA were all called to the scene to assist in handling the wreck.

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