Metro East man, son inside car when plane strikes, lands on I-55 - KMOV.com

Metro East man, son inside car when plane strikes, lands on I-55

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Plane on I-55 Wednesday afternoon near Lincoln, Illinois. (Credit: IDOT) Plane on I-55 Wednesday afternoon near Lincoln, Illinois. (Credit: IDOT)

LINCOLN, Ill. (AP and KMOV.com) -- A small aircraft made an emergency landing on the northbound lanes of Interstate 55 just north of Lincoln, Illinois Wednesday, hitting a Metro East man's car in the process.

Illinois State Police said William J. Farnsley of Austin, Indiana, was trying to land his single-engine Cessna 182B at the Logan County Airport on Wednesday afternoon when it lost power.

Farnsley was forced to make an emergency landing on the interstate, striking a passenger vehicle. The passengers in the auto, 42-year-old Jeremy Campwerth of O'Fallon, and his 9-year-old son were not injured. The two were driving home from Chicago.

"Someone called me lucky. I would disagree with that, I was unlucky. I was hit by a plane," said Campwerth. "I am very thankful everyone is okay. I am just thankful of all the things that could have happened with that accident that my son is alright, the pilot is alright, I am alright."

The plane crossed the median and came to rest on the shoulder of the northbound lands. The 51-year-old Farnsley was not injured.

Authorities say the landing gear of the plane was damaged, and it was towed from the scene.

State police said the incident remains under investigation.

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