Fairbury man in critical condition following crash with semi likely caused by heavy fog

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According to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, poor visibility from ground fog played a role in a serious crash on Highway 15 at the Jefferson and Saline County line Tuesday afternoon.

A semi pulling an anhydrous ammonia tanker crashed head-on into a SUV around 1:15 p.m. about four miles south of Western.

The SUV and semi ended up about 1,000 feet apart – the SUV was in Jefferson County, while the semi came to a stop just to the north in Saline County.

The driver of the SUV, 33-year-old Clayton Brandt of Fairbury, had to be removed from the vehicle with the Jaws of Life, and was transported to Bryan Health West Campus. According to a news release, Brandt is in critical condition with severe traumatic injuries.

The driver of the semi, 33-year-old Adam Gordon of Juniata, was transported to Jefferson Community Health and Life but was released that afternoon.

Fairbury Rural Fire and Rescue, the Jefferson and Saline County Sheriff, Daykin Rescue and Western Rescue all responded to the accident.

Highway 15 was shut down for nearly an hour-and-a-half Tuesday as crews worked to clean off the highway.