1 dead, 2 injured in semi crash on Rt. 148 in Williamson Co.

1 dead, 2 injured in semi crash on Rt. 148 in Williamson Co.

WILLIAMSON COUNTY, IL (KFVS) - One person died and two others were injured in a semi crash on Route 148 near Ogden Road in Williamson County on Monday morning.

According to Illinois State Police, the wreck happened around 9:20 a.m.

Police say the preliminary investigation showed the 2015 Western Star semi was pulling a dump trailer southbound just north of Ogden Road.

They say 27-year-old Jessica G. Adams, of Cairo, Ill., was driving a 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 and 53-year-old Barbara A. Holland, of Vienna, Ill., was driving a 2001 Dodge Durango northbound with the Ram following the Durango.

According to police, the semi crossed over into the northbound lanes for an unknown reason, and into the path of the Ram and Durango.

They say Holland saw the semi coming into her path and swerved to the right, to a grassy shoulder, to avoid a crash. This sudden swerve caused her to lose control of the Durango and she hit her head on an interior portion of the SUV.

Holland was taken to an area hospital by ambulance.

Police say the semi continued past the Durango without hitting it, but then sideswiped the Ram, pushing it out into the east ditch.

The driver of the Ram, Adams, was taken to an area hospital by ambulance and later transferred to a regional hospital.

According to police, the semi continued back across both lanes, now facing northbound, and was overturned on the driver's side.

Police say it rolled completely over and came to a rest upright in the west ditch. During the rollover, they say the semi lost its load of coal.

The driver of the semi, 62-year-old Randall W. Engleby, of Harrisburg, Ill., was pronounced dead at the scene by Williamson County Coroner Junior Burke.

The road was closed for about 6.5 hours for a crash investigation and clean up. During that time, police say traffic was diverted off of Illinois Route 148.

The crash remains under investigation by Illinois State Police crash reconstruction officers.

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