Emergency response teams in Illinois were busy on Thursday, October 15, as there were four accidents that took place over a very short span of six hours. All were close to Belleville, and reports show that seven people had to be taken to the hospital to get treatment.
Three of the crashes happened within just thirty minutes of each other. The fourth one happened a bit later, when two SUV were involved in a rollover. That last one happened around 1:30 in the afternoon.
In that final accident, an SUV made by GMC was apparently hit at an intersection as it crossed in front of a Ford SUV. The impact knocked it up and over, and the driver was trapped in the vehicle, still strapped into her seat and hanging there. Emergency crews got her out, and she was one of the seven total who went to the hospital.
Some of the accidents were directly related to each other as traffic came to a halt. Two crashes happened between eight and 8:30 in the morning, and then the third wreck took place out on Illinois 15. Traffic had been forced to stop, and a car did not slow down in time, causing a rear-end accident as it piled into the stalled traffic. That accident happened right by the Richland Creek bridge.
Original reports may have frightened area parents, as a school bus was listed as being part of one accident, but later reports cleared things up, showing that the bus was merely stopped in traffic.
When accidents snarl traffic across the state and cause multiple wrecks, those who are injured have to know their rights to compensation.
Source: Belleville News Democrat, "Thursday tangle: Four crashes within 6 hours snarl Belleville roads," Scott Wuerz and Tobias Wall, Oct. 15, 2015