Illinois Crash Injures Two Children

Illinois Crash Injures Two ChildrenOn Thursday, July 28, two children sustained major injuries in a wreck involving three cars at the intersection of Illinois 15 and 74th Street, the Belleville News Democrat reports.

Captain of the Belleville Police force Don Sax told the news source that an 11-year-old girl and a 9-year-old boy had to be flown to a hospital in St. Louis for injuries that left them in serious condition. The two children, believed to be siblings, were still alive during the transportation to the hospital, but their current status it unknown.

The driver who allegedly rear-ended the car that the children were riding in now faces charges, although the severity of the charges will depend on the outcome of the children’s health. The driver, who was riding in a minivan, was not taken into custody, as no alcohol was suspected in contributing to the crash, the media outlet stated.

Police officials say that the crash occurred at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 28, when both children were riding in a car with a female driver that stopped at a traffic light in the westbound lanes of Illinois 15. When traffic resumed as the light turned green, a full-sized van allegedly rear- ended the small sedan from behind.

The police investigation found that there were no tire marks, prompting officers to believe the driver was still going full speed when he collided with the car, which is 55 mph in that particular section of the road.

Neither the driver of the small sedan nor the van driver were injured in the crash, the Democrat stated.

Police will not release the name of the man who allegedly hit the children in the accident until charges have been decided.

According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, there were 89,090 reported injuries in car accidents in 2009.