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Icy interstate sends vehicle under semi-trailer south of Paw Paw

A vehicle slid under a semi-tractor on Interstate 39 Saturday due to icy conditions.
A vehicle slid under a semi-tractor on Interstate 39 Saturday due to icy conditions.

Two travelers walked away unscathed but not without citations Saturday after their vehicle slid underneath a truck tractor/semi-trailer on Interstate 39.

Illinois State Police District 1 responded at 8:51 a.m. Saturday the northbound lanes of Interstate 39 at milepost 79, around three and a half miles from the Paw Paw exit, for a report of an crash.

The investigation revealed a 15-year-old juvenile of Fairview Heights lost control of his 2005 red Pontiac Grand Am on the icy roadway and slid under the semi-trailer. The juvenile and passenger, Kevin A. Lawrence, 41, Fairview Heights, were treated for minor injuries following the accident. Paw Paw Fire Department and EMS assisted at the scene.

The juvenile was cited on complaints of operating an uninsured motor vehicle, improper lane usage, no valid registration and no valid license/permit. Lawrence was cited on a complaint of permitting an unauthorized person to drive.

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