Salem man suffers major injuries in I-64 weather related accident

WASHINGTON COUNTY — A weather related accident resulted in three people being injured Tuesday on Interstate 64 in Washington County.

According to Illinois State Police, around 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, 27-year-old Jared K. Arnold, of Washington, was driving a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 westbound on I-64 around the 46 mile post, with two passengers, 53-year-old Karen S. Cox, of Washington, and 27-year-old Dustin R. Ferrell, Salem.

Police say the preliminary investigation showed that a temporary interstate traffic control road sign was caught by heavy winds and flung into the path of the Silverado, hitting the driver’s side windshield of the truck.

Arnold swerved to avoid the sign, but lost control of the truck. It went into the median and overturned.

Police say the rear seat passenger, Ferrell, was ejected during the roll over and had major injuries. They say he was not wearing a seat belt.

Ferrell also had major injuries and Arnold had minor injuries. All were taken to an area hospital by ambulance.

According to ISP, the inside lane of I-64 westbound was closed for about 1.5 hours for clean up and the crash investigation.