Scholle’s Towing of Peru had a big job early this morning, after two semis collided on eastbound Interstate 80 just west of Route 251.
Peru Fire Department reported no need for extrication work for the drivers or passengers, but the department was called at about 2:52 a.m. to assist at the scene.
A report from Illinois State Police District 17 was not available at press time today. John Scholle from Scholle’s Towing said it appeared that the driver of one truck miscalculated how slowly another truck was going and ran into the rear of it. The back of the semitrailer that was struck in the rear broke open, and the tractor-trailer rig wound up in the south ditch. The truck that apparently struck the rear of the other truck wound up out in a bean field. Scholle said that semitrailer loaded with powdered protein product weighed about 78,000 pounds.