(Updated at 1:00am 10/2/14)  I-39 is back open as of 7:30pm after a deadly accident. WREX-TV is reporting that Illinois State Police are investigating the accident.and have identified the driver who was killed as Joseph Weingart, 65, of Lake Villa.
Police said that Weingart was traveling north on I-39 when he crossed the center median and struck a semi driver head on. The incident occurred a few miles north of Highway 64 at mile marker 106.


(Updated at 5:15) There is a serious accident on Route 39 this afternoon.

I 39 is still closed as of 5:15pm. Southbound travel is being affected. The accident occurred about a mile North of the Rt 64 Exit. If you are traveling southbound on I-39, you will need to exit at Rt 72.

Reports to Q98.5 indicate a vehicle crossed over the median from the Northbound lanes into Southbound traffic. WIFR-TV is reporting that The Ogle County Sheriff's Department says that that one person has died.

Northbound lanes are also backed up all the way to Rochelle

Expect traffic in and around the area to be congested. Keep it locked on Q98.5 for traffic updates throughout the afternoon.

I-39 accident / Listener Submitted photo