St. Clair firefighters and police responded to a vehicle crash Monday, Jan. 29, off Interstate 44.
Crews were dispatched around 12:55 p.m. near mile marker 236. Susan Powell, 32, Steelville, was driving a 2008 Jeep Liberty eastbound when her vehicle struck a 2017 freightway tract-trailer as it was entering the highway from a rest area, according to Police Chief Bill Hammack.
The tractor-trailer was driven by Kenneth Rakers, 57, Trenton, Ill.
When fire crews arrived on the scene, they found the Powell vehicle overturned on its top with the driver already out. The tractor-trailer was upright on the opposite side of the road’s shoulder, according to Fire Capt. Dan Cooley.
He said the tractor-trailer had minor damage and the passenger vehicle was totaled. Powell was transported by St. Clair Ambulance to a hospital for minor injuries.
Both drivers were wearing seat belts, according to Hammack.