Metro-East News

Crashes on Friday morning add to Belleville’s string of pile-ups

In one of the Thursday accidents, firefighters deal with a crash on the Silver Creek Bridge on Illinos 15.
In one of the Thursday accidents, firefighters deal with a crash on the Silver Creek Bridge on Illinos 15.

A string of serious metro-east car crashes continued into Friday morning.

According to Belleville Fire Department reports, the westbound lanes of Illinois 15 were closed at about 2:30 a.m. Friday following a multiple-vehicle accident just east of the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows.

Then at about 9 a.m. there was a multi-vehicle crash in the construction zone that includes the Richland creek bridge.

There were unspecified injuries to the victims of the first crash. Early reports did not indicate what caused the collision or the condition of the people injured in the wreck. But Belleville Fire Department Chief Tom Pour said all of the occupants of the vehicles were out of their cars when first-responders arrived.

“There was no need for extrication,” Pour said, adding that none of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening.

Paramedics were on scene of the later accident and at about 9:30 a.m. Motorists were being told to find an alternate route to their destination.

There was no immediate word about how the crash happened or the seriousness of any injuries to those involved.

A string of accidents over the previous 24 hours, including four on Illinois 15, kept police and firefighters busy.

The first crash happened on the Richland Creek bridge in a construction zone at about 8 a.m. That’s about the same place where the later accident happened Friday.

The second Thursday crash happened near Eckert’s Country store when two vehicles collided due to the traffic tie-up caused by the previous accident. A third crash happened in the intersection of Mascoutah Avenue and Green Mount Road, and the driver of a Chevrolet Malibu struck by a Jeep Grand Cherokee had to be extricated from her car.

A fourth crash happened at South Jackson and Van Buren streets and involved a pair of sport utility vehicles, one a Ford and one a GMC. The GMC rolled over in the crash and its driver was left hanging by his seatbelt.

Previously, a woman was killed in a crash on Interstate 64 Tuesday when a Toyota Corolla hit a broken down Mack truck parked on the shoulder near mile marker 35. A pair of teenagers were killed Tuesday when the stolen minivan in which they were riding crashed on Illinois 203 near Gateway Motorsports Park.