Southern Illinois truck accident kills 1

A truck versus car accident in Mount Vernon, Illinois has resulted in the death of one person and injuries to another. The Southern Illinois truck crash occurred Friday morning on Interstate 57, according to the Mount Vernon Register-News.

The Jefferson Fire Protection District has released information stating that an out-of-state vehicle was hit by a semi truck in the area of the “north split” on Interstate 57/64 in the southbound lanes. The vehicle from out-of-state was a Saab and it sustained heavy damage to its driver side in the accident.

The driver of the Saab was killed and a passenger in the vehicle was taken by ambulance to Crossroads Community Hospital for medical care. The severity of the passenger’s injuries has not been reported. The semi truck driver was not hurt.

The trucking accident investigation is being handled by the Illinois State Police. The cause of the crash has not yet been reported.

According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, in 2009 alone, 64 people were killed in tractor-trailer crashes in our state. Of those fatalities, 35 occurred in rural areas of Illinois.