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Four people were injured when the minivan they were in struck a semi-tractor at an entrance ramp to a scale on I-80, just north of the interchange with I-88.

The crash occurred about  4 p.m. Thursday.

A 2005 Dodge minivan, driven by Kelsey L. Sterling, 31, of Colona was headed west on Interstate 80 near mile marker 2 when it exited the interstate for unknown reasons onto the scale entrance ramp, according to preliminary information from Illinois State Police.

The minivan struck the back of a stopped semi-trailer with the front of the minivan. The impact trapped the minivan driver and an 8-year-old boy. Once extricated, both were flown to Iowa City with unknown injuries. The two other occupants of the minivan  were transported to Genesis Medical Center, Silvis, where they were treated and released to their father.

The driver of the semi, Ilia I. Iliev, 67, Crystal Lake, Illinois, was not injured in the crash.

Port Byron Fire, Rock Island County Sheriff’s Department, Medforce and Illinois State Police responded to the scene.

I-80 west was shut down intermittently throughout the extrication and recovery of this crash site. The scene was cleared at approximately 6:20 p.m.

This crash remains under investigation.

Illinois State Police ask drivers to avoid I-80 westbound at mile post 2 for crash

EARLIER REPORT: Illinois State Police are asking drivers to avoid westbound Interstate 80 at mile post 2 as there is a serious injury crash. The location is just north of the Interstate 80-Interstate 88 exchange.

Illinois State Police spokesman Jason Wilson said that at 4 p.m. a Dodge minivan that was westbound on Interstate 80 approached the State Scale 19 and exited the interstate for unknown reasons.

The van went onto the scale entrance ramp and struck the back of a stopped semitrailer. 

The impact trapped the driver and one of three children who were passengers in the minivan. 

Port Byron Fire Department, Rock Island County Sheriff's Department, and MedForce Air Ambulance are assisting at the scene.

The westbound lanes of Interstate 80 will be periodically closed as the investigation into the crash continues. Police are asking drivers to avoid the area.

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