Two individuals were transported to the hospital Monday afternoon after a semitruck collided with a construction maintenance truck three miles west of Effingham on Interstate 70.

According to a preliminary investigation by the Illinois State Police, Ronald G. Fisher Jr., 44, of St. Genevieve, Missouri, was driving a 2017 blue Freightliner semitruck eastbound in the right lane on Interstate 70 when it drove past a construction maintenance truck belonging to Varsity Striping Construction directing traffic to merge into the left lane via an arrow board.

At approximately 1:40 p.m. near mile marker 90, Fisher continued eastbound in the right lane until he then struck another Varsity Striping Construction vehicle, driven by Benjamin E. Streeval, 25, of Sherman, Illinois. It, too, had an arrow board directing traffic to enter the left lane.

The right lane on a portion of Interstate 70 eastbound was shut down while emergency crews worked. Both drivers were transported to HSHS St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital in Effingham for non-life-threatening injuries.

Fisher was charged with disobeying a traffic control device, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and a Scott’s Law violation.

Contact Keith Stewart at keith.stewart@effinghamdailynews.com or 217-347-7151, ext. 132.

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