Fatal “Chain-Reaction” Crash In Randolph County

There was a fatal Southern Illinois vehicle accident Sunday morning (July 5, 2015) in Randolph County.

According to the Illinois State Police (ISP) the accident happened at approximately 8:50 a.m. on Illinois 154 at Riverview Road.

The accident was a “chain reaction” crash, in which the first accident involved a car that crashed into a utility pole.  The utility pole’s lines fell onto the roadway, and an eastbound Ford Edge struck the power lines.  The Ford Edge lost control and rolled over onto its side, and it went into the westbound lanes, where it was struck by an oncoming semi truck.

Because of this impact, the Ford Edge was then pushed back into the eastbound lane, where it was struck by a Kia.

The driver of the Ford Edge, identified by the Randolph County Coroner as Barbara E. Wedemeyer, 59, of Baldwin, was pronounced dead at the accident scene.

The drivers of the Peterbilt semi and Kia were not injured during the accident.

An excerpt from thesouthern.com article of July 5, 2015, titled “One killed in Randolph County crashes“:

Lia Shurn Davis, the driver of the vehicle that struck the utility pole, suffered non-incapacitating injuries and was charged with driving with no valid driver’s license and improper lane usage. Brandon Scott Smith, 23, of Marion, was a passenger in Davis’ vehicle and suffered minor injuries.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including thesouthern.com article mentioned above, as well as the July 6 randolphcountyheraldtribune.com article titled “Baldwin woman fatally injured in chain-reaction crash.”

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