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By Cynthia Haggitt
Highway work zones are hazardous for motorists. Unfortunately, road work causes drivers to make impatient decisions when traveling along these roads and sometimes fatal car crashes happen.
On Wednesday, Nov. 10, around 3 p.m., a call was dispatched out to Illinois State Police (ISP), Jersey County Sheriff’s Office, emergency and fire rescue service.
State police, JCSO, and emergency services arrived on scene of a severe accident on U.S. Route 67, at Ingham Lane.
A press release from ISP explained that the emergency and fire rescue agencies had to perform an extrication on Northbound U.S. 67. The area was shut down temporarily for a helicopter to land to transport a person around 5 p.m. John W. Hawkins, a 72-year-old Belleville man died in the two vehicle car accident.
According to the press release the people and vehicles involved were:
■ Paul J. Hawkins, a 46-year-old man from St. Louis was traveling with his passenger, John W. Hawkins, in Unit two, which was a 2008 white Lexus RX 350. Paul J. was transported to an area hospital with injuries.
■ Tommy L Sutton, 49-year-old male from Grafton was in unit two and driving a 1987 White Ford Truck Tractor Semi-Trailer.
■ Unit 2 (Sutton) was traveling northbound on U.S. 67 approaching Ingham Lane. Unit 1 (Hawkins) was northbound in the same location.
■ Unit 1 (Hawkins) attempted to cut between Unit 2 (Sutton) and a vehicle in the slow lane. Unit 1 (Hawkins) struck the passenger side rear of the trailer being pulled by Unit 2 (Sutton).
■ Unit 1 (Hawkins) then went off the roadway to the east and came to rest against a construction zone sign.
■ Unit 2 (Sutton) came to a stop in the fast lane south of Ingham Lane.
Charges are pending a full investigation of the crash.