ISP investigates crash that killed 1 woman, hospitalized 2 children in Franklin Co.

A West Frankfort woman is dead and two young children are fighting for their lives after a three-vehicle crash in Franklin County.
Published: May. 4, 2022 at 8:18 PM CDT
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FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ill. (KFVS) - Illinois State Police (ISP) are investigating a three-vehicle crash that killed one person and left several others hospitalized with injuries.

According to ISP, the crash happened on Illinois Route 148 at Park Street Road in Franklin County on Wednesday, May 4.

One woman, Britney Giacone, 32, from West Frankfort, was killed in the crash. The two children in her car were flown to a regional hospital with life-threatening injuries.

An ISP traffic release says Giacone was ejected from her SUV after it was hit on the passenger side by a pickup truck.

The force of the impact spun the SUV into the northbound lane of Rte. 148. and was hit in the rear by a semi tractor-trailer.

The driver of the pickup truck, Debra S. Miller of Bonnie, Illinois, and the driver of the semi, Michael R. Payne of Stonefort, didn’t report any injuries to officials.

ISP said Miller was ticketed for failing to reduce speed to avoid accident.

Rte. 148 was closed for approximately 3.5 hours.

An investigation into the crash is ongoing.

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