By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
MOUNT STERLING, Ill. -- A three-vehicle crash that involved two tractor-trailer units and a three-axle straight truck closed U.S. 24 for nearly eight hours Thursday as crews worked to clear the scene.
According to the Illinois State Police, Bruce Kilter, 58, Granville, Ill., was driving east on U.S. 24 about a quarter mile east of County Road 1250 East at 12:50 p.m. Thursday. Gusting winds blew his 2005 Kenworth tractor-trailer rig sideways. The Kenworth struck the front end of a 2013 Volvo tractor-trailer rig being driven west by Kenneth Wilson, 50, Murrayville, Ill.
The Kenworth jackknifed, blocking U.S. 24.
James Murphy also was driving east on U.S. 24 and was unable to stop a 1998 International three-axle straight truck. Murphy ran off the right side of the road and the truck overturned.
All three drivers were wearing seat belts. Kilter suffered serious injures, Murphy sustained moderate injuries and was transported to Culbertson Hospital in Rushville. Wilson reported no injuries.
There was major damage to all three trucks and traffic on U.S. 24 was stopped for nearly eight hours as vehicles were removed.
Assisting at the crash scene were the Brown County Sheriff's Department, the Brown County Fire and Rescue and the Schuyler County Ambulance.