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One injured in pile-up Two from Benton involved in I-57 accident

Benton News
updated: 9/25/2020 9:58 AM

One person was injured last Friday morning in a six-vehicle crash that closed Interstate 57 in Franklin County for about two hours.

Illinois State Police District 13 reports that troopers responded shortly after 9:13 a.m. Sept. 4 to the southbound lanes near milepost 67.

There, authorities say a vehicle driven by Mark Williams, 18, of South Bend, Ind., sustained a blown-out tire and came to a stop on the right shoulder of the road on a bridge.

Williams reportedly attempted to drive from the bridge deck by entering the right lane of traffic at a slow speed. A second vehicle veered left to avoid striking Williams and struck a third vehicle in a side-swipe collision. Three other vehicles were unable to avoid the resulting chain reaction crash.

Interstate 57 southbound was closed for approximately two hours for crash investigation and scene cleanup.

All of those involved in the accident were from out of state with the exception of the sixth and final vehicle, driven by Harold Whitlock of Benton. Neither he nor his passenger, Naomi Kash of Benton, was injured.

Also, Howard Griffith of Robinson, the driver of one of the other vehicles, was transported to a local area hospital with injuries.

Williams was issued citations for improper lane usage, operation of an uninsured motor vehicle and no valid driver's license.