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Several injured in crash after coal truck overturns on westbound I-55

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MADISON, Ill. (KMOV.com) --  Several people were hospitalized after a chain-reaction accident on Interstate 55/70 involving an overturned semi-trailer truck on Friday night.

Authorities say the semi-truck tried to exit the highway around 7:15 p.m. near the intersection of I-55 and Highway 203 in Madison, Ill.

Officals report the semi-truck tipped over, dumping 40,000 pounds of coal onto lanes of westbound I-55.

Authorities report two cars then collided while trying to avoid the spilled coal. Officials report another set of cars tried to avoid those cars, continuing a chain-reaction crash.

Several people were transported to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

Drivers faced a delay for approximately four hours while crews worked to clear the scene. All lanes of traffic were reopened later on Friday night.

Officials report the semi-truck driver has been charged with failure to reduce speed and losing the load.

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