Metro-East News

Two suffer life-threatening injuries in the 144th crash in the area already this year

Illinois State Police were investigating a rollover crash Friday morning on Illinois 161 near Summerfield South Road in Mascoutah that left a driver and passenger with life-threatening injuries.

Three people were traveling east in a gray 2009 Chrysler 300 on Illinois 161 at about 3:30 a.m. Friday when it left the road and flipped over several times, according to Illinois State Police Trooper Calvin Dye Jr.

The front seat passenger, a 26-year-old woman from Salem, was ejected from the car. She was taken to Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis for life-threatening injuries, Dye said.

The driver, a 26-year-old man from Mount Vernon, and a rear-seat passenger were extricated from the car, according to Dye. The driver was taken to St. Louis University to be treated for life-threatening injuries.

The rear-seat passenger, a 26-year-old man from Dix, was taken to Memorial Hospital in Belleville with injuries that were not considered life-threatening.

Alcohol is suspected to be a cause of the crash, according to Dye.

This was the 144 crash that District 11 ISP Troopers have responded to in the first 19 days of the year, Dye noted.

By 8 a.m. Friday, with the accidents on Interstate 55, the crash count was up to 148 for 2018.

Illinois District 11 covers the counties of St. Clair, Monroe, Madison, Bond and Clinton.

Beth Hundsdorfer: 618-239-2570, @bhundsdorfer