A traffice accident involving a farm tractor and semi closed part of Route 1 most of Tuesday. The accident took place around 7:30am near the intersection with county Road 3870 North. The Vermilion County Sheriff’s Department shut down a two-mile section of the road from County Road 4000 North to County Road 3800 North well into the afternoon hours.
Rossville and Hoopeston firefighters and Ambulance Services responded to the scene. Hoopeston Fire Chief, Cliff Crabtree, said the department responded and found both vehicles on fire, a couple passersby helped pull one of the crash victims from the tractor.
According to State Police, a semi-tractor trailer driven by 39 year old Roger Baldwin was headed north on Route 1, approaching a tractor drvien by 53 year old Wendy Gernand from behind. Gernand was attempting to turn left, Baldwin’s semi struck the tractor, pushing both vehicles into a concrete brdige rail on teh east side of the road. Baldwin and his passenger were taken to Hoopeston Regional Hospital treated and released. Gernand was taken to Hoopeston Regional Hospital and then airlfited to a burn center near Chicago.
Crabtree said the diesel fuel and a farm fertilizer had been spilled at the scen as a result of the crash and the Vermilion County Haz Mat Team was called to the scene for a clean up.
Baldwin was cited for improper passing at an intersection and no valid registration.