Four injured in three car crash on I-57 near Dix, Illinois

JEFFERSON COUNTY, IL — Four people were injured in a three car crash Monday evening on Interstate 57 in Southern Illinois.

The crash happened at 5:17 p.m. near milepost 104. This is just a mile north of exit 103 to Dix.

Illinois State Police say all three cars were heading north on I-57 when a semi and a car behind it stopped. Traffic was backed up at that time due to crews cleaning up a previous crash a milepost 107.

Another semi did not stop in time and hit the back of the car, causing it to leave the road. The semi then hit the back of the first semi, causing significant damage to both semis.

The driver of the semi that hit the two other cars, 39-year-old James Harlan of Thayer, Missouri, was trapped in his cab and had to be extradited by local fire departments. He was taken to an out-of-state hospital with serious injuries.

The driver of the car, 59-year-old Martha Beard of Centralia, Illinois, was also taken to an out-of-state hospital with serious injuries.

The driver of the semi rear-ended, 43-year-old Maximo Pina Mendez of Fort Worth, Texas, and his passenger, were taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The northbound lanes of I-57 were closed for several hours due to the crash.

Thayer was cited with failure to reduce speed to avoid a crash.