Update: We are grateful for all the support for Deputy Polhemus, who suffered only minor injuries while assisting on a call this morning on I-74. He will be discharged from the hospital shortly. Please slow down and pay attention to road conditions. This is his car that was hit this morning.
Through radio communication between Sheriff Deputy Polhemus and a dispatcher, Deputy Polhemus was able to call for help. ‘He said his car and an Illinois State Trooper’s car were hit by a semi-truck.
“The semi hit… my car and a trooper’s vehicle. We need it shut down immediately,” Deputy Polhemus said, referring to the interstate.
When the dispatcher asked if he needed EMS or Emergency Medical Services, he said yes.
“I may have broken my leg, I don’t know,” Polhemus said.
BRIMFIELD, Ill. — Interstate 74 in both directions near Brimfield are shut down at this time due to multiple accidents at this time.
One accident, according to authorities, is a jack-knifed semi.
5:48 AM UPDATE: State Police tell us at one state trooper is being taken to a local hospital with a suspected injury.
Interstate 74 westbound is blocked off at the Edwards exit.
6:10 AM UPDATE: From Illinois State Police: Please be advised Illinois State Police troopers are currently on the scene of a multiple vehicle crash upon I-74 westbound near milepost 79, Peoria County. Westbound lanes are currently closed at Kickapoo and Eastbound lanes are currently closed at Brimfield. The Illinois State Police is urging motorists to use caution when traveling in the area, leave extra time for travel, and utilize alternate routes to their locations.
There is no current anticipated time frame for re-opening of lanes.
6:54 AM UPDATE: Peoria County Sheriff Brian Asbell confirmed that a Sheriff Deputy was also hit along with the State Trooper when a semi-truck lost control on I-74 westbound near milepost 79, Peoria County.
Sheriff Asbell said both the trooper and deputy were outside of their vehicles at the time of the crash. Sheriff Asbell said the trooper and the deputy were able to make it out of the way before the semi truck took out both squad cars. It is not clear if the trooper and the deputy were hit by the semi-truck, however, both were taken to the hospital, injuries unknown at this time.
The names of the State Trooper and the Sheriff Deputy have not yet been released.
The scene on I-74 westbound near milepost 79 is still active.
8:30 AM UPDATE: Peoria County Sheriff Brian Asbell said the deputy hit in an accident on I-74 near Brimfield this morning may have broken his leg. The Illinois State Police trooper suffered minor injuries.
I-74 will reopen soon, Asbell said.