4 injured in I-57 wreck in Williamson County
Two men had to be flown to regional hospitals after a two-vehicle wreck on Interstate 57 in Williamson County Wednesday that also injured two others, according to the Illinois State Police.
Troopers say a Ford was driving behind a Mercedes, northbound in the right lane of I-57 at mile post 51, when the Mercedes stopped due to traffic that was backed up because of a previous crash. They say the driver of the Ford — 28-year-old David Smithson of Turrell, Arkansas — hit the rear of the Mercedes.
Smithson was seriously injured, troopers say, and was taken to a local hospital by ambulance and later flown to a regional hospital by helicopter.
A passenger in the Mercedes — 94-year-old Fred Moallankamp of Olmstead, Illinois — was flown from the scene of the wreck to a regional hospital by helicopter.
The driver of the Mercedes — 32-year-old Daniel Corke of St. Genevieve, Missouri — and another passenger — 39-year-old Charles Herman of Goreville, Illinois — were taken to a local hospital by ambulance for injuries troopers say were minor.
Smithson was charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid a crash.
Troopers say I-57 North was closed for about 45 minutes to land the medical helicopter. It then opened to one lane while the crash was investigated and the scene was cleared. The wreck happened around 12:58 p.m. The roadway was completely reopened at around 2:45 p.m.