Iroquois County, IL– An accident on the Illinois-Indiana state line in Iroquois County sends three people to the hospital with severe injuries the Daily Journal reported. The Illinois State Police dispatched from District 21 stated that the head-on crash happened around 4:05 p.m. on U.S. Route 24, near the 3190E Road on Thursday, October 18, 2018.*
The Illinois State Police officers who responded to the crash cited 70-year-old Patricia J. Allford from Sheldon for improper usage of a travel lane. The reporting officers said that Allford was driving her Chevy S-10 pickup truck east on Route 24 just before the crash. The evidence shows that Allford attempted to pass a Freightliner tractor-trailer which was traveling just in front of Allford. She slammed head-on into a GMC cargo van headed in the opposite direction. The impact forced both of the vehicles into the rear of the big rig.
The crash severely injured 56-year-old Michael H. Strong of Rockford, who was a passenger in the GMC van. A med-flight helicopter airlifted him from the crash scene and delivered him to Carle Hospital in Urbana. Mr. Strong’s current medical condition is not known.
Allford and the van’s driver, 82-year-old Howard R. Kissack from Watseka, initially went to Iroquois Memorial Hospital before physicians there determined that both needed to be airlifted to a trauma center for treatment. Medflight helicopters delivered both of the injured to Carle Hospital as well. Their conditions were not released.
The operator of the Freightliner tractor-trailer, 56-year-old Daniel D. Morgan, 56, from Terre Haute, Indiana did not suffer any injuries in the collision. Police did not describe the damage to the tractor-trailer.
Police determined that a civil citation for improper lane usage was appropriate rather than a criminal charge for operating dangerously. Police could seek criminal charges if the medical condition of one of those men injured in the crash deteriorates and the person dies.
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