WHAT:                      Three Vehicle Injury Traffic Crash

WHERE:                   Illinois 47 approximately ½ mile South of 3300 North, Champaign County

WHEN:                      Nov. 10, 2020 at approximately 4:29 a.m.

VEHICLES:              Unit 1- 2004 White Chevrolet Truck

                                    Unit 2- 2020 White International Truck Tractor Semi Trailer Combination

                                    Unit 3- 2017 Silver Chevrolet SUV


DRIVERS:                 Unit 1- Nelson Towery, 45-year-old male from Pekin, IL - Uninjured

                                    Unit 2- Adetunji Adegoke, 66-year-old male from Woodridge, IL - Uninjured

                                    Unit 3- Bettykay Benningfield, 66-year-old female from Gibson City, IL – Transported by ambulance to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.


PRELIMINARY:      A preliminary investigation indicates the following occurred: Unit 1 was stopped for unknown reasons in the north bound lane of Illinois 47 approximately ½ mile south of 3300 north in Champaign County. Unit 1 also had no lights activated. Unit 2 was traveling north at the same location and swerved to avoid striking Unit 1, causing the trailer being towed by Unit 2 to detach and overturn, blocking the south bound lanes of Illinois 47. Unit 3 was traveling south and struck the rear side of the overturned trailer blocking the south bound lane. The driver of Unit 3 was transported by ambulance to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Both Unit 1 and Unit 2 drivers were uninjured. The roadway was closed for approximately 2 ½ hours.

CHARGES:               Unit 1 driver was cited for Driving Under the Influence of Drugs, Improper Stopping on a Roadway and Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle.

All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


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