Steeleville police and village workers spent about two hours on Wednesday cleaning up an accident that shut down the 300 block of West Broadway Street.
According to Steeleville Police Chief Tyler Cleland, 45-year-old driver Donald Ramsey, of Chester, reported the coal trailer attached to his Freightliner cab had broken off in front of State Farm Insurance.
A witness at the scene told the Herald Tribune the tractor-trailer was stopped behind a vehicle that was making a left turn and after the tractor-trailer proceeded forward again, she heard a loud bang and saw the trailer resting on the asphalt.
An Illinois Department of Transportation worker said a piece of the trailer hitch that attaches to truck cab's fifth wheel had rusted through and finally broke off.
A tow truck with J&S Towing attempted to move the fully-loaded trailer, but was unable to. Village of Steeleville workers were called in with a backhoe to transfer the coal to a separate trailer.
The roadway was initially down to one lane, then closed completely during the coal transfer.
Cleland said no citations were issued at the scene and no injuries were reported. The incident was reported at 11:48 a.m., with the trailer moved off the roadway around 1:40 p.m.