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The wreckage along U.S. 50 following a six vehicle wreck near RP Lumber. Photo by Tim Ferguson.


A car and UPS truck were two of the vehicles in the crash. Photo by Tim Ferguson.


A damaged SUV from the crash. Photo by Tim Ferguson.

State Police have released limited information on a six vehicle crash that occurred on U.S. 50 just east of Westline Road in rural Odin just after 11 Monday morning.  Three people were taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries.

Reports indicate the driver of one of the two semi's involved in the crash, 27-year-old Daniel Crane of Kell, has been ticketed for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.    Other vehicles involved included a Trailblazer driven by a 31-year-old Sandoval woman, an SUV driven by an 18-year-old Salem man, a UPS truck driven by a 31-year-old Kell man, a car driven by a 71-year-old Odin man, and a semi driven by a 28-year-old Jacksonville man.   

State Police say exact details of how the collision occurred is still under investigation.   

Two of the drivers, the 71-year-old Odin man and 28-year-old Jacksonville man, along with a passenger in the Trailblazer driven by the Sandoval woman, were taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries.  

The crash closed U.S. 50 to traffic between the Selmaville Road and Odin for nearly seven hours, when one way traffic was restored.  The highway completely reopened after seven Monday night.   

A large number of emergency responders were on hand to assist.  In addition to State Police, the Marion County Sheriff's Department, Odin Fire and Police, Salem Fire and Police, Marion County ESDA, Salem Emergency Management Agency, Sandoval Fire EMS, and Marion County EMS were all called to the scene.     


The two semis involved in the crash end up crunched together. Photo by Tim Ferguson.


A garden lawnmower that came loose from a trailer ends up underneath the Beelman semi. Photo by Tim Ferguson.


Walter James Henson

A 38-year-old Salem man has been sentenced to nearly 13 years in prison after earlier pleading guilty to a two count Federal Grand Jury indictment.  

Walter James Henson admitted to two offenses related to the manufacture of methamphetamine in Marion County on March 5th, 2014.  He was a parole absconder from the Illinois Department of Corrections at the time.  Henson was one of 24 charged in a January drug bust, but was already in prison on other drug charges at the time the roundup of suspects occurred.  

In addition to 151 months in federal prison, Henson will have to complete three years of supervised release, pay a $500 fine and a $200 special assessment.   

The exact indictments Henson pleaded guilty were possession of equipment, chemicals, products and materials with intent to manufacture methamphetamine and possession of pseudoephederine knowing it would be use in the manufacture of meth.  

Information leading to the charges against Henson was obtained in an investigation conducted by the FBI, the Marion County Sheriff's Office, and the Clinton County Sheriff's Department, assisted by the Illinois State Police Methamphetamine Response Team. 


A large motor home hit the side of a semi when losing its brakes coming off the I-57 Exit in Salem. Photo by Charlotte Palm.


No one was injured Sunday afternoon when a motor home lost its brakes and couldn't make the curve on the north bound exit ramp of I-57 at Salem and crossed into the entrance ramp where it struck the side of a semi trailer.   

Marion County Sheriff's Deputies say 68-year-old Richard Seidel of Tallahassee, Florida crossed the grass median between the on and off ramp before striking the truck driven by 32-year-old Juan Pablo Sierra Martinez of Monterrey, Mexico.   The flat bed semi was transporting pipe covered with a tarp that was strapped down.  Some of the straps broke, but the pipe stayed on the semi.

Traffic was blocked trying to go northbound on Interstate 57 from Salem until the accident scene was cleared. 


Three people were injured in a six car crash on I-70 east of Vandalia Sunday afternoon.  

State Police say 26-year-old Jeromy Taylor of St. Genevieve, Missouri was eastbound when he crested a hill on the interstate and saw a line of traffic stopped in a construction zone.  Taylor was unable to stop and hit the rear driver's side of a car driven by a Westville, Illinois woman.  Taylor then preceded to move down the line of cars, hitting four more along the driver's side, before being able to stop.  

The driver of one of the cars struck and two passengers were taken to the hospital for treatment.  None of the drivers were from the area.  

Taylor was ticketed for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.  

The crash occurred at 3:19 Sunday afternoon.  It resulted in a long backup of traffic on Interstate 70 until the wreckage could be cleared.  


Salem Police are continuing to investigate a burglary discovered Sunday afternoon at the old Brown Shoe Company building on South Maple Street in Salem.  Police report a southwest side door was pried open to gain entry.  Cardboard boxes were scattered around the first floor, but nothing appears to have been stolen.  

Salem Police are also investigating criminal damage to the concession stand on the north side of the Salem Community High School football field.  The south door was kicked in, but nothing was taken.   The damage was discovered at 9:32 Sunday morning.  




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