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UPDATE: Police say apparent wrong-way driver caused deadly I-74 crash

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UPDATE (10:23 p.m.) - A Morton man apparently driving the wrong way died Wednesday night when his car collided with a semi-trailer on Interstate 74, near the I-474 split in Tazewell County, a preliminary police report said.

No one else was hurt in the crash that happened about 7:15 p.m. in the eastbound lanes of I-74 between the 99 and 100 mile markers.

The car's driver, a 61-year old Morton man, was killed. The coroner will release his name after family members are notified.

Illinois State Police said a preliminary investigation showed the car was traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes. The semi driver tried to avoid the crash, but the car collided with the truck's rear tandem axle, causing the car to spin and go into the ditch, according to police.

A second car went into a ditch on the other side of the road to avoid a collision.

Police said they reopened the eastbound lanes of I-74 about 9:45 p.m.

TAZEWELL COUNTY (WEEK) - First responders rushed Wednesday evening to the scene of a fatal crash at the Interstate 74/474 split in Tazewell County.

Eastbound lanes on I-74 between the 99 and 100 mile markers were shut down, according to Illinois State Police.

Police are asking motorists in the area to use alternative routes.

The collision happened about 7:15 p.m., and involved a car, a semi truck, and another vehicle. The car was heavily damaged, while it appeared that the back of the semi was damaged, according to 25 News reporters on the scene.

A motorist who lives in the area said she was at home and heard a "huge boom" when the crash happened.

No other details are available.

Howard Packowitz

Paige Blanzy

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