Illinois State Police say the accidents happened Thursday morning, causing lengthy delays during rush hour. Authorities say five separate accidents occurred.
St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson says car thieves are going shopping for free cars on these cold mornings.
Despite mild winter, five IDOT trucks have already been hit this year.
Timothy Zeman stole a wrecker from Hyndrich Brothers Towing, drove it to the lot where his vehicles were being held, put the vehicles on the flatbed truck and towed them away.
More than a dozen cars were stolen in coordinated effort last week.
Belleville police say a 7-year-old boy is one of two juveniles arrested in connection with a series of break-ins of vehicles last weekend.
Joseph Henry faces nearly a dozen felony charges.