A state police car burns after the collison in this photo provided by Kim Trowbridge.
State Police have released additional information on a fiery five vehicle crash in the northbound lanes of I-57 just north of Sesser on Tuesday afternoon.
Police say the series of incidents began when a car driven by a 21-year-old Sesser man stalled and became disabled partially in the left lane of traffic. A semi driven by a Benton City, Missouri man moved to the right lane and right shoulder area. A pickup truck driven by a Symsonia, Kentucky man attempted to avoid striking both vehicles by going between them. However, the pickup struck the semi's driver side mirror and proceeded past the semi to the right shoulder. A second pickup pulling a 40 foot flatbed trailer driven by a 44-year-old Jackson, Missouri man attempted the same maneuver between the disabled car and the semi. His actions cut off an unmarked State Police car and left it with no path to escape the collision. The State police car hit the rear of the second pickup and pushed it into the rear trailer of the semi. The impact pushed the semi's trailers onto the guard rail on the right edge of the roadway. As a result of the impact, the unmarked police car caught fire. The trooper was extricated by motorists and drug to safety. Although the 1992 disabled car was not struck in the series of events, it received fire damage as a result of its proximity to the state police car that was destroyed by fire.
The trooper sustained non life threatening injuries and was flown to a regional hospital. The Jackson, Missouri man driving the pickup that was hit by the trooper was also injured and transported to a local hospital for treatment.
State Police say the crash is still under investigation and charges are pending. At this time, police are not releasing the names of the drivers involved in the crash.