An early morning vehicle crash on Illinois 159 one block south of Belleville’s Public Square produced no injuries, but slowed traffic during the early-morning commute Wednesday.
A Dodge pickup traveling east on Washington Street and a Kia Soul traveling south on South Illinois Street collided shortly before 9 a.m.
After the crash, the Kia Soul proceeded across the oncoming lane of traffic, over a large bush, and into the parking lot of the Belleville News-Democrat, where it came to a rest after running into the side of a Chevy SUV.
The Kia Soul deployed airbags, but the driver exited the vehicle shortly after. The pickup driver also exited his vehicle. Neither person appeared to have injuries.
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Belleville police and fire units and a MedStar ambulance arrived to the scene around 9 a.m. The pickup was towed away shortly after, and traffic resumed around 9:10 a.m.
Belleville police did not immediately determine the cause of the accident and said the traffic unit was investigating.