According to the Illinois State Police (ISP) this accident happened at approximately 8:30 a.m. as a 21-year-old woman from Marissa was driving her car south on Venedy Road. She then apparently (according to at least one news source) tried to turn westbound onto Illinois 15, and in doing so pulled out in front of the semi truck. The semi truck swerved to avoid hitting the car and landed in a ditch.
The driver of a semi-truck, said to be a 56-year-old man from Marissa, was critically injured during the accident and has been airlifted to a St. Louis hospital after being extracted from the truck.
An excerpt from the August 13, 2014 bnd.com article (with photos) titled “Semi driver critically injured in collision with car on Illinois 15“:
Debris was scattered for more than 100 yards and black tire marks for most of that distance followed the truck into the ditch. Most of the wreckage was so badly mangled that it was difficult to distinguish which vehicle the objects came from.
The driver of the car was transported for treatment at a hospital in Belleville. She was cited with failure to yield right of way.
Additional details and possible updates concerning this Southern Illinois traffic accident can be seen in a variety of media sources including the bnd.com article mentioned above, as well as the August 13 fox2now.com article (with photos) titled “Truck driver critically injured in crash on Illinois Route 15.”
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