DANVILLE, Ill. (WCIA) — Troopers say at least six people were sent to a hospital Wednesday night after a drunk driver wrecked their car on I-74 and caused a chain reaction of several more crashes.
It happened at 9:41 p.m. near the Bowman Avenue exit on I-74 in Danville.
A press release from Illinois State Police says 42-year-old Joseph R. Cast, of Fairmount, was driving a black 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee east on I-74 when his car left the road and hit a concrete barrier of a bridge. His vehicle then stopped on the road.
A silver 2007 Ford F-150 was towing a U-Haul trailer and a small passenger car when it crashed into the Jeep Cherokee, investigators say. Troopers say both the U-Haul trailer and the passenger car then became detached from the pickup truck.
Police say the U-Haul trailer then hit a silver 2013 Toyota Sienna that was trying to slow down and avoid the crash. A blue 2007 Ford Explorer XLT was also trying to slow down when it was hit by a black 2017 Dodge Durango, says the release.
Next, troopers say the 2007 Ford Explorer XLT hit the U-Haul trailer and then flipped over. It came to rest on the driver’s side.
The following people were involved in the collision:
- Black 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee
- Driver: Joseph R. Cast, 42, of Fairmount, was hurt and taken to a hospital.
- Silver 2006 Ford F150 with attached U-Haul Trailer with a small passenger car attached
- Driver: Jennifer A. Scott, 63, of Seattle, Wash., was hurt and taken to a hospital.
- Silver 2013 Toyota Sienna
- Driver: Kyle H. Kloepper, 36, of Champaign, was not hurt.
- Three minor passengers, of Champaign, were not hurt.
- Blue 2006 Ford Explorer XLT
- Driver: David P. Johnson, 52, of Lincoln, Neb., was hurt and taken to a hospital.
- A 17-year-old passenger from Lincoln, Neb., was hurt and taken to a hospital.
- Black 2017 Dodge Durango
- Driver: Donald L. Blackmon, 50, of Bloomington, was hurt and taken to a hospital.
- Passenger: Tori AL Blackmon, 48, of Bloomington, was hurt and taken to a hospital.
Troopers say eastbound I-74 was shut down for about 2 hours for the crash investigation. They add that Cast was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving while license suspended, driving an uninsured car, and improper lane usage.