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Truck spills coal on ramp in Illinois, causing six-vehicle crash

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MADISON, ILL. • A tractor-trailer tipped over Friday night, spilling coal onto Interstate 55/70 and causing a six vehicle crash, police said.

Three people were injured in the crash. They were taken to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries. The crash happened at 6:43 p.m. on Interstate 55/70 westbound at Illinois Route 203.

Illinois State Police gave the following account:

A 2006 Mack semi-truck was exiting Interstate 55/70 eastbound to Illinois Route 203 northbound when it tipped over on the exit ramp spilling its load of 40,000 pounds of coal over the bridge onto the lanes of Interstate 55/70 westbound. The spill caused a chain reaction accident in which two vehicles sideswiped each other and another vehicle tried to avoid that crash and slammed on its brakes causing two other vehicles to collide with another vehicle.

Interstate 55/70 was closed for about four hours. Two drivers were charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. The driver of the Mack truck, Michael A. Miles, 32, of St. Louis, was charged with failure to reduce speed and for losing his load.

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Denise Hollinshed is a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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