Metro-East News

One dead in head-on collision, car fire in Clinton County

Three fire units, two EMS services and Arch Air Medical Service responded to the scene of an apparent head on collision between a passenger car and a tractor-trailer semi in Clinton County.

Smoke could be seen rising from Highway 50 at Flat Branch Road, just northwest of Carlyle, as one of the vehicles burned.

According to Chief Luke Baker of the Beckemeyer Fire Department, the driver of a van was fatally injured during the crash. The driver of the tractor-trailer was transported to a hospital in Breese with non-life threatening injuries.

“When we arrived, the van was fully engulfed in flames,” Baker said.

The accident is being investigated by Illinois State Police and the Accident Reconstruction Team, Baker said. Witnesses said that the van crossed the center line, but that has not been confirmed, he said.

Beckemeyer, Carlyle and Wheatfield fire departments responded to the call at about 12:30 p.m. Friday. Breese and Clinton EMS as well as Arch helicopter also were at the scene. Units were there for almost 4 hours, Baker said.