Mahomet-Seymour student killed in tragic wreck on U.S. 36
A multi-vehicle, chain-reaction accident injured two and killed a Mahomet-Seymour student on Wednesday afternoon. The accident occurred on U.S. 36 east of Tuscola at 4:57 p.m. The victim, junior Jacob Hamilton was the goalkeeper on the varsity soccer team, and was honored in an improptu vigil that night on the school’s soccer field.
Authorities say that a semi-trailer and other vehicles were involved in the chain-reaction crash, when two crashes that were blocking the roadway caused further issues for drivers heading eastbound. It is also believed that high winds may have blown a significant amount of dust into the air, reducing visibility for the drivers involved in the accident. The other two injured individuals were passengers in the vehicle driven by Jacob Hamiliton, and they were treated for non-life-threatening injuries after the collision. All of the individuals were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash.