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Lexington firefighters grateful for help they received at crash scene


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Published: Feb. 3, 2022 at 7:27 PM CST
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MCLEAN COUNTY (Heart of Illinois ABC) - The assistant fire chief in Lexington called it a “miracle” there were no serious injuries when two semis collided on a snowy roadway Thursday.

He said it was just as miraculous that the plant manager for a local agriculture company was nearby with a plow to clear the snow so fire crews could safely maneuver near the crash scene.

Assistant Chief Logan Weseloh said the two semi-trailers crashed just before noon Thursday at the bottom of the entrance ramp onto Interstate 55 at Lexington.

One of the trucks jackknifed, while the other semi’s cab was sheered off its chassis, coming to rest more than 50 feet away.

Lexington Fire Department photo
Lexington Fire Department photo(25 News/Heart of Illinois ABC)

Weseloh said one of the drivers was able to walk away with minor injuries, but was taken to a local hospital.

The assistant chief said firefighters were grateful to see Lexington Brandt Plant Manager Andy Killian, who happened to be on the overpass with his loader and plow only about a quarter mile away.

Weseloh said crews called Killian for help, and he plowed a path for vehicles and firefighters to safely maneuver in the area.

Lexington Fire Department photo
Lexington Fire Department photo(25 News/Heart of Illinois ABC)

The northbound lanes of I-55 stayed open during the crash investigation and cleanup, according to Weseloh, unlike the semi crash on Wednesday that left motorists stranded for almost four hours in blizzard conditions.

Unlike the semi crash on Wednesday that stalled motorists for almost four hours on I-55 near Lexington, the northbound lanes stayed open on Thursday.

Weseloh said firefighters are grateful for Killian’s help, and for Brandt’s support for the fire department.

He noted that Brandt employee Cam McNamara is also a Lexington firefighter.

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