One Injured When Two Semis Collide East of Teutopolis

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Published on July 16 2013 12:12 pm
Last Updated on July 16 2013 12:29 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

(THE TRUCK THAT OVERTURNED IN THE COLLISION SPILLED ITS LOAD OF CORN)

One person was injured when two semis collided east of Teutopolis Tuesday morning.

The crash happened at 6:20am on US 40, about one mile east of T-Town.  Effingham County sheriff's deputies say both trucks were traveling east when the lead truck, driven by 59-year-old Larry Kreke of Altamont, slowed to turn left.  The following driver, 57-year-old Philip Yocum of Mason was blinded by the sun and did not notice Kreke was slowing to turn and rear-ended Kreke's truck.  The Kreke truck, in the middle of the turn, was knocked onto its side by the impact and spilled much of its load of corn into the yard of the residence at the intersection.

Kreke was injured and was taken to St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital in Effingham.  Yocum was not injured.  No tickets were issued.

Route 40 was cleared by about 7:45am.

(THE TRUCK THAT OVERTURNED ON ITS SIDE IN A COLLISION EAST OF TEUTOPOLIS)

Sheriff's deputies were assisted at the scene by Teutopolis Fire Protection District personnel and Effingham City-County Ambulance Service also assisted. 

The overturned truck is owned by South Central FS.  A vaccuum truck is headed to the scene to recover much of the spilled corn.