PERU – A driver of a dump truck is dead after his truck struck a bridge overpass Friday night. According to Peru Police, they were called to the scene at Route 251 and Route 6 around 4:30 Friday afternoon. Police report that a large roll off dump truck crashed into the Route 6 overpass apparently because the hoist boom on the truck was in the up position when it went under the bridge. Police say the driver had dropped off a roll off dumpster shortly before in LaSalle, and police say they believe the driver did not know the hoist was up. The driver was taken to IVCH where he was pronounced dead around 5 pm.
Around 8 pm Friday some lanes of both Route 251 and route 6 was reopened after an IDOT cleanup and bridge inspection. Peru Police, State Police and the LaSalle County Coroner are investigating, and the identity is being withheld pending notification.