INA — Four vehicles were caught in a crash on Interstate 57 Wednesday afternoon, resulting in three injuries. Illinois State Police District 13 revealed details on the accident Thursday, which occurred at mile marker 82 in Jefferson County near Ina.
Officials from Illinois State Police performed a preliminary reconstruction of the accident which indicate the following that occurred at approximately 2:36 p.m. Wednesday:
A 2018 silver Freightliner tractor-trailer and a 2000 white Chevrolet pickup truck were northbound on Interstate 57. The tractor-trailer, operated by Ruslan Mankov, 30, of Hollandale Beach, Fla., changed lanes. The lane change would force the pickup truck, operated by Tyler Newbury, 24, of Waltonville, off the interstate. In the process, the rear end of Mankov’s vehicle struck the front end of Newbury’s vehicle. Newbury lost control of his vehicle, which went through the median and into southbound traffic.
A 2023 maroon Nissan Maxima, operated by John Laehn, 72, of Aiken, S.C., struck the truck. A 2018 GMC Terrain, presumably following Laehn in the same lane of traffic, struck Laehn’s vehicle. The GMC Terrain was operated by Melissa Barkley, 62, of West Frankfort.
Newbury was airlifted to a regional hospital with injuries. Laehn was transported by ambulance to an area hospital with injuries. A passenger in Laehn’s vehicle, Judith Laehn, 69, also of Aiken, S.C., was also transported by ambulance to an area hospital with injuries. Both Mankov and Barkley were uninjured.
No further information was available from District 13 as of publication.
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