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UPDATE: Interstate 39 fully reopened, nearly a day after mass collision

Brandon Rixstine
A photo of a pile-up on Interstate 39 in Woodford County.

The Illinois State Police has shut down a long stretch Interstate 39 after approximately 100 vehicles were involved in a mass collision incident near El Paso.

Authorities said the crash scene is several hundred yards long. One ISP squad car was struck, with no one injured.

State police say nineteen commercial vehicles and nine passengers vehicles were involved in a crash. Numerous other vehicles slid off the roadway in the area, but weren't damaged, according to police.

As of 6:35 p.m. Thursday, all motorists were safe in warming centers. No injuries were reported.

Several commercial vehicle loads were spilled on and around the roadways. Twelve tow trucks were on scene clearing the roadway through the night.

Interstate 39 remains closed in both directions from Normal to Minonk through midday Friday. Traffic is being diverted from I-39 at El Paso to Illinois Route 251.

Weather conditions are better Friday morning throughout Central Illinois. Most roadways remain snow-packed, but drivable.

This story will be updated.

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Updated: February 18, 2022 at 12:50 PM CST
Interstate 39 is now reopened.
Tim is the News Director at WCBU Peoria Public Radio.