GREENUP (JG-TC) -- A driver who was outside of his semitrailer was struck and injured by another semitrailer early Thursday morning on Interstate 70, approximately six miles west of Greenup.

An Illinois State Police District 12 press release reported that the collision occurred 12:25 a.m. as a semitrailer driven by Shawn M. Montgomery of Saint Peters, Mo., was stopped on the right shoulder of I-70 near milepost 113. Montgomery was outside the truck when he and his trailer were struck by a semitrailer driven by Yosniel Varela-Mojena of Millville, N.J.

State police reported that Varela-Mojena said he saw Montgomery's semitrailer and looked down. When Varela-Mojena looked up, he reportedly was unable to avoid striking Montgomery's semitrailer. Varela-Mojena's tractor became detached from the trailer and this trailer subsequently came to rest in the center median. Montgomery's semitrailer moved slightly but remained on the right shoulder.

Montgomery was taken to Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana for treatment of injuries. Varela-Mojena was cited for improper lane usage.


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