“Head-On Collision” In Washington County Results In Three Fatalities

There was a car crash (a “head-on collision”) November 1, 2017 on Illinois Route 15 in Washington County in which three people died (i.e. a “triple-fatal” crash.)

According to information provided by the Illinois State Police (ISP) the crash was a “head-on collision” which happened after one SUV (a Jeep) crossed the center line and collided with another SUV, a Buick.

The crash happened shortly before 4:30 p.m. on Illinois Route 15 at Madison Road.

An excerpt from the kfvs12.com article of November 2, 2017 titled “3 killed in car crash in Washington County, IL“:

According to a release from the Illinois State Police, Patricia Smith, 67, of Louisville, Ill. was driving was on Illinois Route 15 at a high rate of speed.

Investigators said she crossed the center line as she was going into a curve and slammed head on into a car driven by Karen Lunte, 70, of Nashville, Ill.

Among those who died in the crash were Patricia Smith, Karen Lunte, and a passenger in Lunte’s car, identified as Diane Maschhoff, 65, of Hoyleton.

An excerpt regarding the crash, from thesouthern.com article of November 1, 2017 titled “Illinois 15 closed in Washington County IL after fatal crash“:

Police cited the cause as improper lane usage and driving too fast for the road conditions.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Southern Illinois “head-on collision” can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the sources mentioned above.


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