Small plane makes crash landing on I-55

Small plane makes crash landing on I-55. (WICS)


The plane was taken to Logan County Airport after being removed from the highway.

It took about 45 minutes to move the plane from the accident scene to the airport.

Illinois State Police officer, Sean Ramsey, knew that it was going to be difficult to move the small plane.

"This is going to be a bit of a undertaking there is an over 70 ft. wing span and with the width and length of this plane its going to be a major undertaking to get this on a tow truck and get it removed from the interstate."

Around 5:15 p.m., the plane was removed from the highway with a tow truck.

It arrived at the airport just before 6 p.m.


As of 5:28 p.m., all northbound lanes are now open.

According to police, the plane was trying to land in Logan County when the plane lost power.

The pilot, William Farnsley, 51, of Austin, Ind., tried to land on the southbound lane of I-55, and clipped a car.

The plane landed in the median of I-55, at milepost 132.5 near Lincoln and came to a rest in the northbound lane.

The clipped car, a 2016 gray Chevrolet Malibu, sustained minor damage is still driveable. Jeremy Campwerth, 42, of O'Fallon and a 9-year-old passenger were in the vehicle at the time of the crash.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the plane is an 182B Cessna Fixed Wing Single-Engine plane and not a crop-dusting aircraft.

The plane is owned by Kilo Aviation LLC and is registered in Marshall County, in the city of Lacon, Ill.


As of 4:01 p.m., IDOT said the left lane of northbound traffic is still closed. The FAA has arrived on scene.

One lane of northbound traffic is still blocked on I-55, near exit 133.

Illinois State Police said this incident was a crash and so far, there are no injuries to report.

The car was struck while the plane was trying to land.

ISP is waiting on the FAA to give the all-clear before towing the plane to a local airport.


A small plane crash landed on on I-55 Wednesday afternoon, near exit 133 by Lincoln.

A car was hit from the landing and both lanes of northbound traffic are currently blocked.

Illinois State Police is urging the public to find alternate routes.

No injuries have yet been reported.

More to come.

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