Update: Truck rollover snarls traffic on I-72 this morning

By Nick Kovatch on November 15 at 1:21pm

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An overturned box truck created quite a mess on Interstate 72 in eastern Morgan County this morning.

The one-vehicle accident happened shortly before 8:30 in the eastbound lanes of the highway just east of the Alexander exit at mile-marker 76. Traffic was reduced to one lane and forced to pass on the shoulder. The interstate was closed for several minutes while a tow truck put the truck back on its wheels.

The contents of the truck, boxes of crackers and several large bags of flour, spilled onto the roadway.

A report from the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office indicates the driver of the semi truck swerved to miss hitting an animal causing the truck to overturn.

The driver of the truck, 86-year-old Eugene Kiser of Temperance, Michigan, suffered minor injuries. Deputies say he’s been taken to St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.

His passenger, a 20-year-old grandson who was asleep in the cab of the truck, was not hurt.

The Illinois State Police, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office and Alexander Fire Department responded to the accident.