Strong winds cause semi to overturn on I-74 in Henry County

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

Strong winds on Thursday, Nov. 12, caused a semi-tractor trailer to overturn on Interstate 74 in Henry County. West winds of about 25 miles per hour, gusting to nearly 40 mph, were occurring at the time of the accident.

The semi driven by Daniel L. Volk, 66, Mount Sterling, was westbound at 6:10 a.m. on I-74 in the vicinity of mile marker 18, five miles south of the Big X cloverleaf, according to Illinois State Police.

Strong west winds pushed the vehicle off of the roadway into road construction. Volk overcorrected the truck and lost control. The truck traveled into the median and rolled onto its side, losing its load of scrap metal on the westbound lanes. Illinois State Police, Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Orion Fire Department and IDOT responded to the scene.

Westbound lanes were temporarily shut down for debris removal. All lanes previously opened for travel through the construction zone were reopened when ISP issued a news release about the accident at 9:45 a.m. The truck was removed and scene cleaned up.

The driver was treated and released at the scene for minor injuries. No tickets were issued as of the time of the news release.