Load of garbage dumped on highway after van and semi collide

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A garbage-hauling semi overturned, spilling its load of trash along a rural highway in Kankakee County after a crash with another vehicle Tuesday morning.

The crash between the semi and a van happened about 11:30 a.m. on Route 17 at County Road 14500, about halfway between Grant Park and the Indiana state line, according to Illinois State Police.

A  2004 red Chrysler van, driven by 21-year-old Shane Huffines-Bouquin of Grant Park, was westbound on Route 17 when it crossed the center line and sideswiped a 2001 Kenworth semi driven by Melvin E. Luckett, 47, of Hazel Crest, a statement from ISP said.

The semi — a fully loaded garbage hauler — overturned and spilled its load over the roadway, the statement said. 

Both drivers were taken to hospitals with minor injuries, and Route 17 was closed between Route 1 and the state line for about 2 hours, police said.

Huffines-Bouquin was ticketed for improper lane usage.

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