At 5:27 a.m. on April 4, the Tonica Volunteer Fire Department was called to a multiple-vehicle accident on Interstate 39, north of Tonica. Emergency personnel found four vehicles in the median and in the field on the east side of the interstate. Oglesby Rescue and Ambulance was called for mutual aid.
After assessing the scene, it was determined there were two semi-trucks, one car and one pickup truck pulling a horse trailer involved. Emergency personnel evaluated the six people who were in the vehicles. They all refused transport to a hospital, and no animals were injured.
State police, IDOT, and county police assisted at the scene. Multiple wrecker services were called to remove the damaged vehicles. During the incident, northbound traffic was diverted off of the interstate at the Tonica exit and onto Route 251.
The state police are investigating the accident. Tonica cleared the scene in about an hour and a half while wrecker services were still removing some of the damaged vehicles.
At the time of this multiple-vehicle accident, there was also another semi-truck which jack-knifed into the I-39 median about a mile north of the original accident.
State police investigated this accident and found no one was injured. Heavy wreckers were used to remove this semi-truck.