Metro-East News

ISP responds to 15 crashes during morning commute as rain hits region

Illinois State Police responded to at least 15 accidents in the region within only a few hours Wednesday morning.

Several people were taken to the hospital due to these accidents, Illinois State Police Trooper Calvin Dye said. He confirmed that no injuries were considered to be life threatening.

Dye noted that while traffic always backs up at the split at Interstate 55 and Interstate 64 morning traffic always backs up the heavy rain Wednesday morning contributed to the multitude of crashes that has kept Illinois State Police troopers going from one accident to another.

“One of the people involved in an accident was transported to St. Louis University Hospital in serious condition. That individual had some lacerations. And, another individual was taken to the hospital with minor injuries,” Dye said.

One of the accidents occurred at milepost 14 on eastbound I-64 and another one was reported at milepost 2.8 on southbound I-55. A third accident happened at Interstate 255 and New Poag Road.

He said troopers refer to the I-55 and I-64 split “the bridge complex.”

Dye said a lot of motorist don’t know that anytime they are involved in an accident, and it’s the driver’s fault, even if it is a single car crash and the car goes off the road, the driver will be cited.

Other ways of getting a citation in an accident include following another vehicle too closely or driving too fast for the weather conditions.

Carolyn P. Smith: 618-239-2503, @carolynhendri18