Four People Injured in Car Crash in St. Clair County, IL
Authorities in St. Clair County, IL, announced that four people, including two children, were hospitalized after a serious accident in Marissa on Wednesday afternoon.
According to Illinois State Police, the accident occurred just before 1 p.m. on September 9 at the intersection of New Athens Darmstadt Road and Illinois Route 4. A 27-year-old woman driving a Ford Focus with two children, ages 3 and 4, reportedly failed to stop at the stop sign and crossed into the path of a Dodge Grand Caravan that was southbound on Route 4.
The driver of the Caravan, identified as 73-year-old Thomas Cross of Sparta, crashed into the driver’s door of the Ford, causing both vehicles to roll over several times, sources indicate.
The woman and the two children in the Ford were airlifted to an area hospital with serious injuries. Their current condition is unknown. Police have not released their identities.
Cross was the only person in his vehicle. He was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, sources report.
The Illinois State Police Traffic Crash Reconstruction Unit is investigating the crash. No charges or citations have been issued at this time, but a preliminary report from Illinois State Police indicates that Cross had to the right-of-way when the Ford drove into the path of his vehicle.
Pending the outcome of the investigation, Thomas Cross may be entitled to a personal injury claim. With the help of an attorney, victims of car accidents caused by another person’s negligence may seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and emotional distress following an accident.
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