Wednesday Crash on NB I-57 in Williamson County Injures West Frankfort Man

JOHNSTON CITY – A Franklin County man is recovering following a crash involving a semi and a SUV on northbound I-57 in Williamson County Wednesday.

According to Illinois State Police, just after 10, 53-year-old Juan Andres Machado of Naples, Florida, was driving his semi north on I-57 at milepost 59 when he slowed down and stopped in traffic due to a lane reduction caused by roadway patching crews working on I-57.

Twenty-year-old Dylan R. Fuene of West Frankfort was driving the SUV and failed to slow down He struck the rear of the trailer Machado was pulling with his semi. The SUV came to rest blocking both northbound lanes with the driver trapped in the vehicle.

Responding fire crews had to extricate Fuene from the vehicle. He suffered major injuries and was airlifted to a regional hospital. Machado was not hurt. Both drivers were wearing seat belts.

The interstate was closed for about an hour and a half for scene investigation and cleanup.

ISP says charges are pending investigation.