All lanes open after fog causes I-57 crash involving at least 19 vehicles
SUN-TIMES MEDIA WIRE February 20, 2014 5:46PM
Updated: February 20, 2014 11:07PM
All lanes were reopened by 11 p.m. Thursday on Interstate 57 after a pileup involving at least 19 vehicles in southwest suburban Peotone brought traffic to a halt Thursday afternoon.
The crash involved seven semi-trailer trucks and at least 12 other vehicles, according to a news release from Illinois State Police.
At least one of the trucks caught fire after the crash, and at least 10 people were taken to area hospitals with injuries that weren’t life-threatening, according to the release. Firefighters extricated one vehicle that was underneath a semi.
State Police said earlier that heavy fog caused the pileup about 4:25 p.m. on I-57 near Wilmington/Peotone Road.
All southbound lanes and the left northbound lane reopened about 9:30 p.m. between Manhattan/Monee Road and Wilmington/Peotone Road, the release said.
Northbound traffic will be rerouted via Wilmington/Peotone Road, Route 50 and Manhattan/Monee Road back to I-57, according to the release.
State Police continue to investigate the crash Thursday night.