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Semitrailer hits bridge, overturns on Dan Ryan

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Traffic was temporarily backed up on the Dan Ryan Expressway Thursday morning after a semitrailer overturned and spilled its cargo after hitting the Jackson Boulevard Bridge.

The semi was traveling at 7:13 a.m. in the northbound lanes of Interstate 90 near Jackson when the contents of its trailer hit the bridge, according to Illinois State Police. Debris hit a car and the container rolled on its side, spilling its load.

Illinois Department of Transportation spokesman Guy Tridgell said the truck “exceeded legal height limits in the area.”

The driver, a 63-year-old man from St. Louis, Missouri, was cited for failing to reduce his speed, unlawfully damaging highway appurtenances and structures and driving a semi that exceeded height regulations, state police said.

The right and center lanes were closed after the crash but had been reopened by 7:44 a.m., state police said.

Tridgell said IDOT inspectors examined the bridge and found “no significant damage to the bridge that will impact traffic.”