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Elderly man airlifted to hospital after I-55 crash in Metro East

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HAMEL, Ill. (KMOV.com) – An elderly man was airlifted from a crash on northbound Interstate 55 near Hamel Friday.

The crash, which officials said involved a semi-truck, occurred on northbound Interstate 55 at Mile Marker 26 around 11:30 a.m.

According to officials, a semi-truck swerved into another lane, at which time a second semi-truck swerved and went into a nearby ditch. As tow trucks were on the scene lifting the semi out of the ditch, an elderly man’s car crashed underneath and became wedged under the semi.

The man was airlifted to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

As the ARCH helicopter was landing, the Illinois State Police Department said drivers should use caution or reroute through the area. Drivers should also be prepared for stopped traffic in the area. The backup was reported to be at least a half hour.

Friday morning’s crash occurred not far from where four people were killed in an eight-vehicle crash in November

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