BND.com is reporting that earlier today a Calumet City resident, Mary J. Gates, 74, was killed as the result of the van she was riding in being hit from behind by a tractor-trailer rig.
The Illinois State Police say the accident happened on Interstate 57 in Effingham County at approximately 1:35 AM.
Also injured was another passenger in the van, a nine year old girl whose identify was not disclosed.
Mary J. Gates was airlifted from the scene to Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, where she was pronounced dead, according to a news release. The nine year old also was airlifted to the hospital.
As the ISP relates, Chicago resident Marchelle M. Collins, 40, was driving the van that was hit. She was proceeding southbound on I-57 at a reduced speed because her van was using a temporary tire. The van was rear-ended when a semi-truck and trailer driven by Hopkins, S.C. resident Terrell Marshawn Ross, 41, collided with Collins’ vehicle.
Other van passengers received by local hospitals included Chicago resident Olivia Collins, 39, Willie Mae Butler, a 57 year old resident of Chicago; and a pre-adolescent boy from Chicago. Another person apparently in the van was Michael M. Anderson, 18, of Chicago who was taken by ambulance to Carle Foundation Hospital.
The present condition of the victims is not known.
The driver of the semi-truck, Ross, was uninjured and he was cited by police for failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident.
It is presumed that the accident investigation is ongoing.
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