Effingham, IL – At 12:25 this morning, 49 year-old Shawn M Montgomery, of Saint Peters, Mo was stopped on the right shoulder of I-70 near mile marker 113.
Montgomery was outside the truck when the trailer and he were struck by 28 year-old Yosniel Varela-Mojena of Milville, NJ.
According to the preliminary investigation released by Illinois State Police (District 12) “Varela- Mojena stated he saw Montogomery and looked down.”
“After looking up, he wasn’t able to avoid striking Montgomery.”
His tractor became detached from the trailer he was driving at the point of the accident, and his vehicle stopped in the center median of the interstate.
Montgomery moved slightly but remained on the right shoulder.
Both Drivers were transported to Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, IL.
Varela- Mojena was cited for improper lane usage.