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Smoke from grass fire leads to 12-vehicle pile-up on I-57, 13 injured

May 30, 2017

EFFINGHAM COUNTY — More than a dozen people were sent to the hospital for treatment of injuries suffered in a 12-vehicle crash Monday on Interstate 57 just north of Edgewood.


According to the Illinois State Police, smoke from a grass fire created zero visibility for northbound traffic around 12:22 p.m. Monday afternoon, resulting in a chain reaction of 12 vehicles crashing into each other.


The 13 people injured in the crash were all transported to St. Anthony’s Hospital in Effingham.


The pileup resulted in northbound lanes of the interstate being closed for about two hours and traffic was backed up to the 130-mile marker. The cause of the grass fire is unknown at this time.


The injured drivers are 66-year-old Linda Kelly, of Edgewood, 43-year-old Randall Vukadinovich, of Ohio, 33-year-old Leonore Waters, of Indiana, 75-year-old Percell Searcy, of Olympia Fields, 28-year-old Brandon Kindelspire, of Morris, and 24-year-old Megan Fearday, of Michigan.


Injured passengers are 28-year-old Nicole Linder, a 10-month-old and 2-year-old, all from Seneca, 9-year-old from Indiana, 63-year-old Earnest Searcy, of Matteson, 25-year-old Ashley Neubeck, of Chicago, and 26-year-old Stephanie Wallace, of Bloomington.

Drivers who were not injured are 27-year-old Tyler Rodewald, of Wisconsin, 43-year-old Kevin Sanders, of Indiana, 23-year-old Carlie Wallin, of Champaign, 44-year-old Chad Slater of Marengo, 27-year-old Isaiah Deli of Sandwich and 24-year-old Nicholas Digangi of Schaumburg.

The crash remains under investigation.

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