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Driver hospitalized after car slides into ditch, catches fire along Illinois 15

Illinois 15 crash

Police officers and firefighters responded to a crash on Illinois 15 near Illinois 159 Tuesday morning. Information about the one-vehicle crash was not immediately available.
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Police officers and firefighters responded to a crash on Illinois 15 near Illinois 159 Tuesday morning. Information about the one-vehicle crash was not immediately available.

A 26-year-old woman was injured Tuesday morning when her car left the roadway and caught on fire in a ditch off the eastbound lanes of Illinois 15 near Illinois 159.

The driver was taken to a St. Louis hospital and her condition was not available, police said.

The sedan was on fire when police officers arrived but the motorist was already out of the car.

Belleville Assistant Fire Chief Bud Jacobvs said authorities believe the lone driver lost control of her car. He said “she crawled out of the vehicle and then the vehicle caught on fire”.

The cause of the 7:45 a.m. crash is under investigation, said police Lt. Todd Keilbach.

Traffic was tied up for at least an hour as firefighters sprayed water on the burning car and then got it ready for a tow truck to pull it out of the ditch. The charred vehicle was mashed in from the front to the back. Pieces of various parts of the vehicle dangled from the vehicle as emergency workers lifted it up from the ditch and slid it onto a tow truck.

Carolyn P. Smith has worked for the Belleville News-Democrat for 18 years and currently covers breaking news in the Metro-East. She graduated from the Journalism School at the University of Missouri at Columbia and says news is in her DNA.


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