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Memorial Day accident sends 2 to the hospital via airlift

A 17-year-old driver in Illinois caused an accident on Memorial Day that put four people in the hospital. Two of them were injured badly enough that the authorities had to airlift them.

The crash happened just before 3:00 p.m. The Illinois State Police put out a report offering details to the public. It appears that the 17-year-old was in a 2001 Dodge Caravan when he smashed into the rear of a 2006 Honda Civic. That impact pushed the Civic off of the road and into the ditch. According to witnesses, the Caravan appeared to be speeding before causing the wreck.

After that first collision, the Caravan went into the median and entered the oncoming lanes. A 2005 Jeep Wrangler was heading east, and the two collided head-on. That impact flipped the Jeep over, and the Caravan finally stopped.

One of the injured individuals was a 54-year-old woman who was in the Wrangler. She wound up in the hospital. The Civic's 47-year-old driver was also hurt, though her injuries are not thought to be life-threatening. She had a 27-year-old passenger in the car with her, and that woman needed an airlift. The 17-year-old who caused it all was also airlifted away from the scene.

The teen, who already had a suspended license, received multiple citations after the crash.

The holidays often lead to a spike in traffic accidents, as more people travel and the risk level increases. When these accidents happen, it is very important for those who suffer injuries to know all of their legal options so that they can seek financial compensation.

Source: Belleville News Democrat, "2 flown to hospital after teen causes multi-car crash in Southern Illinois, police say," Kaley Johnson, May 29, 2018

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