One Passenger Injured in Three-Vehicle Crash on I-57 on South Side of Mt. Vernon
A Number of Crashes Occur on I-57 in Marion and Jefferson County Following Light Snowstorm
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Police and fire officials were kept busy early Sunday night responding to wrecks and vehicles running off slick spots and bridges on Interstate 57.

One person was injured in a three-vehicle crash late Sunday afternoon that began in an effort to avoid an overturned camper in the southbound lanes of I-57 just south of Mt. Vernon.

State Police say a pickup driven by 46-year-old Joseph Smith of Herrin shifted to the left lane to avoid the camper and struck a semi driven by 54-year-old Charles Grumieaux of Sandwich. A car driven by 27-year-old Jonathan Goodman of Marion that had earlier run off the left side of the road to avoid the camper was struck by the semi when it left the roadway.

The only person reported injured was a passenger in the Smith pickup truck, who was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Smith was ticketed for failure to reduce speed to avoid a crash.

Jefferson Rural Firemen, who were called to assist with the crash, said it occurred on a bridge that froze up following a light snow. It occurred at 4:21 Sunday afternoon.

One of the crashes in Marion County resulted in an injury. It involved a pickup truck running off the road into a tree near Kinmundy. State Police have not yet released details on that crash.

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