Cattle truck crashes on Rt. 74

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

At 5:50 a.m. today Illinois State Police District 7 Troopers responded to a crash involving a cattle truck.

A loaded cattle truck driven by Russell Hobbs, 59 of Versailles, Ind. was traveling West on Interstate 74 in the vicinity of mile marker 24. Hobbs stated he fell asleep and the truck drifted into the median. The truck rolled onto its side and came to rest. The black Angus cows inside escaped from the trailer and wandered loose on the interstate. Two subsequent car versus cattle crashes took place.

 1) At 6:03 a.m. I-74 West bound mile marker 25 with a 2007 Ford 4 Door driven by Lyle L. Austin, 63 of Gale


2) At 6:20 a.m. Illinois 81 just West of I-74 with a 1995 Mercury Tracer driven by George Adams, 41 of New Windsor.

Minor injuries were reported from the two car versus cattle crashes.

The interstate was shut down while the cattle were retrieved and the West bound side was shut down for a short time later to recover the semi truck and trailer.

Hobbs was transported to St. Mary's Hospital in Galesburg. Hobbs was cited for Improper Lane Usage and Driving a Commercial Motor Vehicle while Ill or Fatigued.

This crash remains under investigation.