UPDATE: Driver and child flown to Iowa City following I-80 crash Thursday

ROCK ISLAND CO. (KWQC) - UPDATE 10/12 8:06 a.m.: The driver and an 8-year-old have been flown to Iowa City after an accident on I-80 Thursday.

Police were called to I-80 Westbound at mile marker two at 4 p.m. for a crash. Upon arrivals, officials learned a Dodge minivan, driven by 31-year-old Kelsey L. Sterling, of Colona, was driving on I-80 when she exited the interstate for an unknown reason. Officials say during this the van hit the back of a stopped semi-trailer, driven by 67-year-old Ilia Iliev, of Crystal Lake.

The impact of the crash entrapped the driver and an 8-year-old boy. Once the two were extricated, they were flown to Iowa City. Two other occupants in the van, both juveniles, were transported to the hospital, treated and were released to their father.

Port Byron Fire, Rock Island 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.

UPDATE 10/12: I-80 westbound has been cleared following a crash on Thursday. Officials said Thursday evening the scene had been cleared, with traffic resuming to normal.

Officials say they will be releasing more information later Friday morning.

ORIGINAL: Emergency crews are on the scene of a serious personal injury crash on westbound I-80 near milepost 2, north of the exchange of I-80 and I-88.

Illinois State Police say the crash involves a Dodge minivan, which was westbound on I-80 when it exited to the truck scale entrance ramp.
The van then struck the back of a stopped semi-trailer. The driver of the van and a child are trapped inside. Two other children were also in the vehicle at the time of the crash.

Illinois State Police say westbound lanes of traffic may be periodically closed to make room for a MedForce helicopter and during extrication. Drivers are asked to avoid the area.

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