ISP investigating deadly crash involving 4 vehicles in Franklin Co.

Published: Dec. 1, 2021 at 5:31 PM CST
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FRANKLIN COUNTY, Mo. (KFVS) - The Illinois State Police (ISP) are investigating a four-vehicle crash that left at least two people dead on Wednesday morning, December 1.

The crash happened at approximately 10:43 a.m. on Route 37 at Country Club Road in Franklin County.

According to an ISP preliminary investigation, a 2013 Grey Hyundai Elantra slowed down to make a left turn and was hit from behind by a 2015 White Hino Straight Truck.

The force of the crash pushed the Elantra into the path of an oncoming SUV and the Straight Truck continued into the path of a Jeep.

The driver of the Elantra, a 37-year-old Carbondale man, and his passenger, a 28-year-old West Frankfort woman, were killed in the crash.

Their names have not been released at this time. Authorities are working to notify family members.

An unidentified female passenger in the car was transported to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the Straight Truck, 18-year-old Jacob Simmons of Tamms, and the driver of the Jeep, Wyonna Murphy of West Frankfort, were not injured in the crash.

The driver of the SUV, 64-year-old Theresa Winters of West Frankfort, and her passenger, Lynette Duke of Brentwood, California, were transported by ambulance with non-life threatening injuries to an area hospital.

Rte. 37 was closed in both directions for approximately 4 hours during the crash investigation.

Simmons was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

ISP is still investigating the crash.

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