News

Multiple Accidents on Dirksen Injure Seven, Two Critically

Multiple Accidents on Dirksen Injure Seven, Two Critically

Photo: Newsradio WTAX/Alex Degman

Two accidents on Dirksen Pkwy. injured seven people, and they were related.

The first crash happened around 5:16 Friday at the intersection of Dirksen and Nichols, where a vehicle allegedly ran a stop sign. A truck heading north on Dirksen hit the car on the driver’s side, that crash resulted in two life threatening injuries. The driver was exctricated. The driver of the northbound vehicle did not suffer life threatening injuries, according to Springfield Fire Chief Ken Fustin.

One of the ambulances left that scene and headed north on Dirksen, where medics were tending to one of the crash victims in traumatic arrest — they were performing CPR. When turning west on Clear Lake Ave., a GMC SUV hit the ambulance head on causing another serious crash at around 5:40.

“All traffic was stopped as the ambulance entered the intersection,” said Springfield Police Lt. Bill Neale. “A vehicle traveling westbound on Clear Lake came through the light and the ambulance struck it, rolling it over.”

Police had set up somewhat of a barricade and had stopped all other traffic from entering the intersection. The ambulance had lights, sirens and air horns activated.

That accident resulted in four injuries which police say are not life threatening, one of those injured is a Springfield firefighter.

As the scene was being cleared, another accident occurred shortly before 6:00, though it appeared to be a fender bender as the two drivers were looking at the damage.

Recent Headlines

7 hours ago in Local

Central Illinois Mitsubishi Plant Sold to Liquidation Firm

mitsubishi

Maynards Industries will take possession of the property in Normal on June 1.

7 hours ago in Local

Illinois Man Charged With Threatening Prosecutor

arrest clipart

Travis Withers of Brooklyn, Illinois has been charged with threatening the life of St. Clair County State's Attorney Brendan Kelly.

7 hours ago in Local

Flooding Leaves Behind Sand, Debris in Illinois County

flood clip art

Debris piles and massive sand deposits were left behind after waters went through the breach of the Len Small Levee.

7 hours ago in Local

U of Illinois Reaches Agreement with Non-tenured Faculty

university illinois

A contract ratification vote will be held later in the week.

1 day ago in Local

New Director Named to ALPLM

FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2012 file photo, school students enter the "White House" as a life-size Abraham Lincoln replica stands outside, while touring the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Ill. The chairman of the foundation behind the Library and Museum says fundraising is drying up because of tensions between library directors and the state agency that oversees it.

Governor Rauner announces two new appointees, one to the Lincoln Presidential Museum and Library.