Metro-East News

Woman and two children suffered major injuries in Illinois 15 crash, police say

The driver and her two unrestrained 5-year-old passengers in a one-car crash on Illinois 15 near Nashville were flown to hospitals for their major injuries on Tuesday morning.

Illinois State Police said Stephanie Inman, 33, of Nashville, was driving a 2002 Cadillac Deville on Illinois 15 west from Nashville at about 7:20 a.m. when the car left the road on the right. The driver over corrected, a news release from ISP said, hitting a guardrail and driving off the left side of the road and hitting a tree.

One of the passengers, a 5-year-old boy, was ejected from the car. The other passenger, a 5-year-old girl, was also taken to the hospital.

Inman has been charged with not wearing a seat belt and not properly securing children under the age of 8 in a car.

Trooper Joshua Haile, spokesman for the area, said State Police had Illinois 15 at County Highway 11 near Beaucoup closed for about two hours; it was reopened at about 10 a.m.

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Mary Cooley: 618-239-2535, @MaryCooleyBND