UPDATE: ISP says all lanes open after I-280 crash, one driver charged

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MILAN, Ill. (KWQC) - UPDATE 8/29: The Illinois State Police say the first semi driver that crashed, Robert Waters of Des Moines, is being charged.

Police say he is being charged with Driving Under the Influence of Drugs, Possession of Cannabis, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Leaving the Scene of a Personal Injury Crash and Improper Lane Usage. As of 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Waters was still reportedly in the hospital due to injuries sustained in the crash.

According to police, other charges may be filed pending the ongoing investigation.

UPDATE 3:40 p.m.: Illinois State Police says all lanes on 280 are now open from this morning's crash.

UPDATE 7:43 a.m.: Illinois State Police says at this time, only minor injuries are being reported following this morning's crash.

Illinois State Trooper Jason Wilson says at this time only minor injuries are being reported.

Initial invesatigation shows the first semi, driven by 48-year-old Robert Waters of Des Moines, was driving close to the left side of the road when they went into the ditch and rolled over. This caused a chain reaction with the other two semis. The second semi, driven by 59-year-old Michael Bundy of Davenport, struck the first semi, traveled into the ditch and came to rest partially blocking the road. The third semi, driven by 30-year-old Mohamed Hassan of Hopkins, Minnesota drove into the area and hit the second semi.

Trooper Wilson says the driver of the first semi, Waters, was not located at the scene, but was later found in Rock Island by Rock Island Police. Trooper Wilson says it is unknown at this time why the driver left the scene of the crash. Officials did transfer the driver to the hospital with minor injuries.

The crash remains under investigation.

UPDATE 6:35 a.m.: Illinois State Police says traffic heading both ways will be diverted off the interstate at the Milan exit ramps and back on at the Milan on ramps.

The crash happened at the Airport Road overpass, causing major traffic delays.

Police are still urging commuters to avoid the area if possible.

UPDATE 6:30 a.m.: Our crew on scene says traffic appears to be backed up to Exit 18, close to the airport. Officials are having commuters exit off the exit headed towards Milan.

We are working to get official word on where commuters can expect a detour to avoid the crash. We will continue updating this story as more information becomes available.

ORIGINAL 6:10 a.m.: I-280 westbound between mile marker 15 and 16 has been shut down due to an accident. Illinois State Police say it is due to a multi-vehicle accident.

TV-6 has a crew headed to the scene and will be updating this story as more information becomes available.

ISP is urging commuters to avoid the area at this time.