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.