CHERRY VALLEY, Ill. (WTVO) — A crash at I-39 and S. Perryville Road on Wednesday afternoon backed up traffic as first responders rushed in to administer aid.

The crash happened around 2:08 p.m. Debris was seen scattered across the roadway and the median. A semi and a van were apparently involved.

Cherry Valley Police issued a warning for drivers to avoid the area. All eastbound traffic from Alpine Road to Harrison Avenue was shut down, as well as westbound traffic on Bypass 20 at Harrison Avenue.

A number of vehicles were involved in the accident and several ambulances. There was no word on how many people were hurt at the time of this writing.

Photo: Cherry Valley Fire Department
Photo: Cherry Valley Fire Department
Photo: Gayle Jepsen

Traffic was shut down for hours as emergency crews investigated and cleaned up the scene. All lanes of traffic reopened around 9:30 p.m.