Four Hurt, Two Critically, in Route One Crash

Four Hurt, Two Critically, in Route One Crash

Illinois State Police say a four vehicle crash along route one near Georgetown Wednesday morning (October 9, 2019) has left four people hurt – two critically.  A 29-year-old Danville man and a 7-year-old boy who was riding in his vehicle were both hospitalized with life-threatening injuries after their car hit another unit head-on.

The crash occurred just before 8:00 a.m. at Illinois route one and Vermilion County Road 900 North.

Illinois State Police say the drivers included:

  • Unit one – a 29-year-old man from Danville;
  • Unit two – a 40-year-old Oakwood man;
  • Unit three – a 59-year-old Covington man; and
  • Unit four – a 20-year-old man from Georgetown.

No names were released.  State Police say their preliminary investigation found the 29-year-old Danville man hit the rear of the Oakwood man’s vehicle sending it off the road and into a field.  The Danville man’s vehicle then struck another unit in the rear before crossing into the northbound lanes where it struck a unit driven by the 20-year-old Georgetown man head-on.

[This was the scene Wednesday morning along Illinois route one at the north edge of Georgetown.  You can click on the photo to enlarge it.]
The 40-year-old Oakwood man and 20-year-old Georgetown man who were driving two of the units were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.  But the 29-year-old Danville man and his 7-year-old male passenger were both taken to a hospital with what was described as life-threatening injuries.

Illinois State Police are continuing to investigate this crash.

Traffic was detoured around the crash site for more than five hours, but the highway re-opened to normal traffic Wednesday afternoon.

State Police say all of those involved in the crash were wearing seat belts.   Charges are pending the outcome of the investigation.

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