Two Fatal Car Accidents In Southern Illinois

There were two car accidents on Sunday in Southern Illinois, which led to the deaths of two people.

In the first accident, Allyson Jo Russell, 25, of West Frankfort drowned after her vehicle left the roadway and went into a creek early Sunday morning, shortly before 2:54 a.m.  The accident happened near the intersection of Water Street and Binkley Road in Johnston City, Illinois.

According to authorities, Russell failed to negotiate a curve on Water Street, and her vehicle drove into a swollen creek bed.   It soon was submerged under 12 feet of water.

The accident remains under investigation.

In a second fatal accident on Sunday, this one in Marion, Illinois, a car left the roadway of I-57 and collided with a tree.  The accident lead to the death of  Robert E. Mata, 42, of Chicago.

This accident happened shortly before noon, and involved a vehicle driven by Erwin H. Saulog, 38, of Lake in the Hills.  Saulog was driving northbound on I-57 when he attempted to slow down to avoid an accident.  In doing so, his vehicle spun out and skidded off the roadway, and then hit a tree.  Mata was a passenger in the car.

Saulog was hospitalized and released.

The accident remains under investigation.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources including the story of January 14 titled “Young Mother Killed in Car Crash into Creek” as well as the January 14 article titled “Two dead in car accidents.”


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