Firefighters said an 8-year-old boy was thrown from a sport utility vehicle and multiple people were injured in a two-vehicle crash north of Marissa on Tuesday morning.
The crash happened about 8:15 a.m. at the intersection of Illinois 4 and Heintz Road.
Marissa Fire Chief Jim Perrine said six people had to be taken to hospitals after a gray Ford Escape and a white GMC Acadia collided. Three MedStar ambulances were called to the scene as well as a medical helicopter.
Perrine said the child was thrown from the GMC, which had flipped on its side in a field. He said it was unclear if the child had been wearing a safety belt. The boy was taken to a St. Louis hospital by helicopter.
The fire chief said all six people injured were alert and oriented when they were transported. The extent of their injuries wasn’t immediately known.
Perrine said he wasn’t sure how the crash happened, but said firefighters are often called to the intersection of Illinois 4 and Heintz Road for accidents.
Illinois State Police were investigating the cause of the crash. St. Clair County deputies and Marissa police also helped at the scene.