Illinois State Police on Saturday were investigating a head-on collision in Madison County that sent three people to hospitals.
A 67-year-old man was driving a 1999 Mercury Mountaineer south on Fosterburg Road about 12:21 p.m. Witnesses told police they saw the man swerving and talking on his cell phone, said Illinois State Trooper Calvin Dye Jr.
The Mountaineer crossed the center line and crashed into a 2010 Chevrolet Impala driven by a 57-year-old man, Dye said. The driver of the Impala and his passenger, a 60-year-old female, are both from Piasa.
The crash necessitated the extrication of all three persons, Dye said.
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The three were flown to St. Louis-area hospitals. They were listed in critical condition, Dye said.
The Mountaineer’s driver will be cited for improper lane usage and illegal use of a cell phone while driving, according to Dye.
There were two dogs in the Impala. They were taken to a nearby veterinary clinic and were in good condition.