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UPDATE: Wrong-way pickup driver facing multiple citations after colliding with semi


The head-on crash happened on I-74 at War Memorial Drive.
The head-on crash happened on I-74 at War Memorial Drive.(25 News / Heart of Illinois ABC)
Published: Dec. 16, 2021 at 7:01 AM CST|Updated: Dec. 16, 2021 at 11:06 AM CST
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UPDATE 10:53 A.M. - Illinois State Police say the driver of the pickup truck is facing multiple charges after driving an entire exit ramp from Sterling Avenue to Interstate 74 the wrong way.

State police say Ian Kumer, 35, from East Peoria, entered I-74 the wrong way from the Sterling Avenue exit when the semi and pickup hit.

Kumer was transported to a local hospital with injuries -- state police do not specify how serious his injuries are.

He is facing charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, driving the wrong way, failure to wear a seatbelt, no valid insurance and illegal transportation of alcohol.

PEORIA (25 NEWS) - One person suffered possibly life-threatening injuries after a head-on collision on I-74 West early Thursday morning.

According to Peoria Fire Department Battalion Chief Tom Sander, emergency crews responded to the scene on I-74 at War Memorial Drive around 1:23 a.m. The accident involved a head-on collision between a semi-truck and pickup truck.

The driver and lone occupant of the pickup truck was trapped inside. Firefighters used the “jaws of life” hydraulic tools to get the driver out of the vehicle. The driver was then taken to a local hospital with possible life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the semi refused medical treatment. According to the battalion chief, both vehicles involved suffered major damage.

According to Peoria’s Emergency Communications Center, westbound I-74 was closed for almost 4 hours due to the crash. The interstate has since reopened

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