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A vehicle burns after catching fire during a multiple-vehicle accident about 3:35 p.m. Tuesday on Interstate 57 northbound near milepost 79.7 in Franklin County. Northbound lanes remained closed at 5:20 p.m. 

Alisha Shipp, The Southern

Update:

More details were released late Wednesday about a multi-vehicle crash that injured two people and tied up traffic on Interstate 57 in Franklin County for hours Tuesday.

The crash occurred in the northbound lanes of the interstate north of the Sesser exit at 3:35 p.m. after a pick-up truck stalled, partially blocking the left left. A tractor-trailer moved into the right lane/shoulder area to avoid the stalled truck and another pickup truck attempted to avoid the two vehicles in front by driving between them. 

The truck hit the tractor-trailer’s side mirror but was able to pull ahead to the right shoulder area.

As a third pickup truck began to go between the tractor-trailer and the stalled truck, it was struck by an SUV driven by a state trooper and pushed into the rear of the tractor-trailer. 

As a result of the impact, the SUV caught on fire. 

The trooper and another person involved in the crash suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

No names were released by state police and no tickets have been issued pending investigation into the crash.

 

Two people, one a state trooper, were injured in a fiery crash involving five vehicles on Interstate 57 Tuesday.

Few details were released by press time, but the crash occurred in the northbound lanes at mile post 79.5 north of the Sesser exit just after 3:30 p.m., state police said.

Plumes of black smoke could be seen from miles away after at least one vehicle caught fire in the collision.

The state trooper and one other person involved in the crash suffered injuries that were not life-threatening. The trooper was taken to an area hospital for treatment after the crash.

Both north and southbound lanes between the Ina and Sesser exits were closed for about an hour after the crash. Northbound lanes remained closed Tuesday night and traffic has been diverted at the Sesser exit.

Cause of the crash remains under investigation and charges are possible depending upon the outcome of the investigation.

dustin.duncan@thesouthern.com

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