Single-Engine Plane Lands On I-55

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A plane has made an emergency landing on Interstate 55 just north of Lincoln.

The landing occurred about 2:40 p.m. Wednesday in northbound I-55 at mile post 133 near Lawndale.

Police told the Bloomington Pantagraph the pilot is identified at William Farnsley, 51, of Austin, Indiana. Authorities say Farnsley’s plane lost power as he was attempting to land at Logan County Airport and he was forced to bring the plane down.

The plane struck a passenger car during the landing, driven by Jeremy Campwerth, 42, of O’Fallon who was traveling with his nine-year-old son. Minor damage to the vehicle was reported. A witness earlier told the Pantagraph one of the plane’s wheels hit the roof the vehicle, knocking out its rear window.

No injuries were reported from the plane or the car.

Police said the plane traveled through the median and came to rest on the left shoulder of the northbound lanes of I-55. There was damage to the plane’s landing gear and it was towed from the scene.

The single-engine Cessna 182B was registered to Kilo Aviation in Lacon.

The investigation into the crash is continuing.

(This story will be updated)

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