Driver Charged After Rear Ending Semi On I-70

ISP TRAFFIC CRASH ALERT The Following Preliminary Information is Being Released by Illinois State Police District 12

WHAT: 2 Car vs Semi PI Crash

WHERE: I-70 E/B MP 61 Exit Ramp, Vandalia, IL (Fayette County)

WHEN: 6:02 PM 07/30/2018

VEHICLES: Unit #1 – White 2008 Chevrolet Truck

Unit #2 – White 2018 Freightliner

OCCUPANTS: Unit #1 Driver – Benjamin Morris Ray, 45, Vandalia IL

Unit #2 Driver – Jeremy Don Dutton, 42, Washington, AR


CHARGES: Driver Unit #1 – Failure to Reduce Speed to Avoid a Crash

TRANSPORTS: Unit #1 – Driver was transported to Fayette County Hospital by Fayette County Ambulance

PRELIMINARY: Preliminary investigation shows that Unit #1 was traveling I-70 eastbound at the milepost 61 exit ramp. The driver of Unit #1 was distracted from outside of the vehicle and did not see the Unit #2 truck tractor semi-trailer stopped near the top of the ramp. Unit #1 struck the rear of Unit #2 and was transported by EMS to the Fayette County Hospital with minor injuries. All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law