PEORIA — Hog carcasses and byproducts spilled from a semi onto the Murray Baker Bridge late Wednesday afternoon, slowing and then stopping eastbound traffic until the mess could be cleared up, according to Illinois State Police.
Justin D. Akers, 33, of Blandinsville was eastbound on Interstate 74 in a truck tractor hauling a semi, according to a state police news release. At about 5 p.m. the semi's load, "for a reason still being investigated, spilled onto the eastbound lanes of I-74, between mileposts 93 and 93, including the Murray Baker Bridge."
The eastbound lanes on the bridge were closed intermittently by first responders as the Illinois Department of Transportation and the East Peoria Fire Department continued cleanup efforts. At about 6:30 p.m., all eastbound traffic on the bridge was closed. All lanes of traffic were cleared and reopened at about 8:10 p.m., police said.
Akers was given a citation for spilling a load onto the roadway. The truck and semi are owned by Darling Ingredients Inc. of Des Moines, Iowa, according to state police.
State police handled the incident with help from Peoria police, who blocked traffic onto the eastbound bridge during the cleanup.
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