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Driver killed in crash involving tanker truck on Rte. 3 in Union County

Route 3 between Ware and Reynoldsville in Union County was closed to traffic Wednesday night...
Route 3 between Ware and Reynoldsville in Union County was closed to traffic Wednesday night into early Thursday morning, January 6.((Source: KFVS))
Published: Jan. 6, 2022 at 4:52 AM CST|Updated: Jan. 6, 2022 at 10:39 AM CST
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UNION COUNTY, Ill. (KFVS) - A crash involving two vehicles shutdown a portion of Route 3 in Union County several hours Wednesday night into Thursday morning, January 6.

The crash happened shorty after 8 p.m. south of Refuge Road, which is south of Ware.

Emergency crews closed both lanes of Route 3 from Ware to Reynoldsville to traffic shortly after the crash.

According to Illinois State Police (ISP) preliminary investigation, the driver of a pickup truck was traveling south on Route 3, swerved into the northbound lane and hit the driver’s side of a Mack truck tractor tanker trailer.

The driver of the pickup, a 25-year-old man from Jonesboro, Ill., died at the scene.

The driver of the tanker truck, 30-year-old Jacob E. Winiger, of Marion, Ill., refused medical attention.

ISP said the northbound lane of Rte. reopened at approximately 2 a.m. and the southbound lane was reopened just before 8 a.m.

No other details are being released at this time.

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