Six drivers, three car accidents, one highway. That was the case yesterday as a trio of crashes took place on Illinois Route 29 between Creve Coeur and Pekin.
Two of the accidents were separated by just a city block and 30 minutes. The most serious of the crashes was a head-on collision in Creve Coeur in the morning rush hour.
That's where a Pontiac Vibe going north veered into the southbound lane around 8:20 a.m. It slammed head-on into a Ford Explorer.
According to the Pekin Times, East Peoria and Creve Coeur firefighters used a hydraulic cutter to remove the roof of the overturned Vibe in order to extract its driver.
Both drivers were taken to OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria with non-life-threatening injuries.
Around two in the afternoon, the second of the three accidents on Route 29 happened at Sheridan Road. One of the drivers was taken to Pekin Hospital afterwards, though no other details of the crash or drivers were available.
Less than 30 minutes later, and just a block south, a southbound Ford SUV made a right-hand turn into the path of a pick-up truck going north. The crash knocked the Ford onto its side.
Again, firefighters had to cut away the roof of the vehicle in order to get the driver out as safely as possible.
Both drivers were taken to Pekin Hospital.
Their conditions were also not available when the Pekin Times went to press, though the paper did note that it was informed that none of the injuries in the trio of accidents appeared to be life-threatening.
Source: Pekin Times: "Accidents pile up on Route 29," Michael Smothers, March 6, 2012