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One Minor Injury Reported in Firey I-64 Crash in Washington County

February 23, 2017

An 83-year-old Sessor man sustained minor injuries in a firey two vehicle crash late Tuesday night on Interstate 64 three miles west of the U.S. 51 interchange at Richview.

State Police say preliminary information indicates Edward Verner of Sesser was traveling eastbound on I-64 in the right lane when a car driven by 21-year-old Morgan Gibson of Glen Carbon approached rapidly from behind and hit Verner’s van in the rear. The impact caused Verner to go off the roadway to the right and through the interstate fence into a field. Gibson’s car ran off the left side of the road, traveled through the median, and came to rest in the westbound lanes. Gibson’s car then caught fire and was destroyed.

Verner was taken to the Washington County Hospital in Nashville for apparent minor injuries. Gibson escaped injury, but was ticketed for driving under the influence of alcohol and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

State Police say the crash completely closed westbound I-64 for about 45 minutes.

Illinois State Police was assisted by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Nashville Fire Department, Washington County EMS, Rend Lake Towing and Precision Towing.

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