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Crash On I-57 Results In Four Injuries

Over the weekend, a collision between a Nissan van and an International truck tractor resulted in the injuries to two adults and two minors. The crash occurred early Saturday evening and caused the closing of Interstate 57 for about five hours. According to Illinois state police, the driver of the 2004 Nissan van, Petona J. […]


Wrong-Way, Head-On Collision

In the early morning hours, there was a head-on collision southbound Interstate 57 at the Interstate 74 interchange. After the collision, traffic was diverted off I-57 onto I-74 for about 45 minutes. Shortly after, the right lane of southbound traffic on Interstate 57 opened and traffic also used the right shoulder while authorities worked to […]


Types of Truck Accidents

Semi-trucks fill our highways and interstates, and these large vehicles can pose risk to other drivers on the road. Due to the size and weight of these vehicles, they can cause an immense amount of devastation to themselves and other drivers on the road when involved in an accident. In fact, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety […]


Utility Truck Rear-Ended By Simi

According to an Illinois police report, a crash occurred on Wednesday, October 17th on a rural road near the Douglas-Coles county line southwest of Hindsboro. The report details that a 43-year-old Mattoon man was driving an Illinois Department of Transportation utility truck south on Illinois 130 about a mile south of Illinois 133. He slowed […]


Woman killed after car trouble

Shana Outlaw, 23, of Rantoul, died Thursday morning after sustaining multiple traumatic injuries in a crash. She and her three children, aged 6, 4, and 8 months, were taken to Carle Foundation Hospital, where Ms. Outlaw was pronounced dead. The children’s injuries were non-life-threatening. Outlaw was traveling south on U.S. 45 near Urbana, south of […]


Herscher man hospitalized after crash

A crash on Illinois Route 115 on Thursday left one driver with life-threatening injuries. Tyler E. Frantz, 24, was airlifted to Advocate Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn after the crash occurred around 5:30 AM. Frantz was traveling east on Route 115 in a 2014 Ford Transit minivan when a southbound semi-truck ran a stop sign on Lehigh […]


Family of Six Injured in 2-Vehicle Crash

Jestin M. Covington, 31, and his five children were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries following a 2-vehicle crash. The children were between the ages of one and ten. The crash occurred around 3 AM on Thursday, July 5th on Interstate 74 between Prospect Avenue and the Interstate 57 interchange. Covington was driving a […]


Two killed in dump truck accident

Two dump trucks collided in western Piatt County on Monday, June 25, around 5:20 pm. The crash occurred on the Macon-Piatt county line at Northeast County Line Road on Illinois Route 105. One of the trucks, heading northbound, ran a stop sign and collided with the other truck, driving west, on the driver’s side. The two men killed […]


$2 million bond for trucker who broke car windows with slingshot

Kevin Lee Casey, 53, was arrested after a vandalism spree that began in March. The truck driver had been repeatedly breaking car windows using metal ball bearings and a slingshot as he drove down Interstate 74. The crimes occurred in many counties, including Champaign County. He was caught in the act by Illinois State Police […]


Multiple-vehicle accident on I-57 causes traffic slowdowns near Champaign

Emergency crews are reportedly on the scene of a three-vehicle accident on southbound I-57 between the Olympian Drive exit and the I-74 exit. Three vehicles and a tractor-trailer were involved, according to initial reports. Follow this developing story on The News-Gazette, or check back here for updates.