A truck driver who crashed on Interstate 80 Tuesday, releasing more than a dozen cattle he was hauling onto the highway near Joliet, was found to be under the influence of drugs while driving, police said.
The driver ran off the road near Houbolt Road and crashed into a disabled semi-trailer on the shoulder around 3:40 p.m., Illinois state police said.
He swerved back to the freeway, crashed into another car, then crashed into the center wall.
The truck driver’s trailer was torn open during the accident. 16 of the 33 cattle he was transporting were thrown onto the highway, state police said.
State troopers had to put down two of the cattle because of their injuries. Nearby farmers helped on horseback to collect the remaining livestock, which was transported to a storage depot.
The truck driver, a 51-year-old man from Waynesboro, Virginia, was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries, state police said. He was charged with driving under the influence of drugs and given citations for not reducing speed to avoid an accident, and improper lane use.
An 82-year-old Chicago man who was driving the other car that was hit was taken to hospital with minor injuries, state police said.