A semi tractor-trailer crashed negotiating a curve on state Route 34 1 mile north of Herod at 1:35 p.m. Monday.
The driver, Shane L. Norris, 22, Johnston City, ran off the road, down an embankment and struck trees, according to Illinois State Police District 22, Ullin, Safety Education Officer Trooper Michael Usher.
Norris refused medical treatment, Norris said.
Norris was cited on charges of failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and improper lane usage.
Pope County Rural Fire Protection District was dispatched to the scene and the fire was out quickly.