Two people were seriously injured and five others suffered minor injuries in a traffic crash Saturday evening near Belleville on Illinois 15 near DeMazenod Drive.
According to the Illinois State Police, a 1994 Chevrolet pickup driven by Michael B. Willams, 25, of Cahokia, skidded on the wet road while traveling west on Illinois 15 near DeMazenod Drive around 8:30 p.m. Saturday. As the truck spun out of control, it spun across the center curb divider into the westbound lanes, where it hit a 2012 Ford F-250 pickup head-on. The second truck was driven by Franz J. Fischer, 43, of Kearney, Mo.
Williams and a passenger in his truck, Tyron T. Brantley, 19, also of Cahokia, were both seriously injured in the crash. Williams was taken to St. Louis University Hospital and Brantley was taken to Belleville Memorial Hospital. A second passenger in Williams' truck, Jeremiah J. Hawkins, 18, of East St. Louis, received minor injuries and was taken to Belleville Memorial Hospital for treatment.
Fischer was not injured, but four passengers in his pickup, including a child, were injured and taken to Belleville Memorial for treatment.
Traffic was blocked in both directions on Illinois 15 at the crash site for about 45 minutes. No other vehicles were involved.
Williams was cited for driving too fast for conditions, operating a vehicle with no valid registration, operating an uninsured motor vehicle and operating a vehicle with an unsafe tire.
The wet road conditions and a bald tire on the rear passenger side of the truck are believed to be contributing factors to the cause of the crash.