2-vehicle crash sends 3 to hospital

November 22, 2018

Three people, including a 2-year-old boy, were injured in a two-vehicle crash on Illinois Route 115 at Lehigh Road on Tuesday.

The child was a passenger in a Dodge Ram pickup driven by his father, a 31-year-old Herscher man.

James E. Earleywine, 66, of Bradley, was driving a Ford F150 pickup.

All three were taken to Presence St. Mary’s Hospital in Kankakee for treatment of their injuries.

A preliminary report by Illinois State Police District 21 indicated the Dodge was traveling eastbound on Route 115 near Lehigh Road (7000W Road) at approximately 3 p.m.

The Ford was traveling southbound on Lehigh Road and failed to stop at the stop sign at Route 115, hitting the Dodge.

Earleywine was issued a ticket for disobeying a stop sign.

The intersection has been the scene of several accidents this year in which vehicles on Lehigh Road have failed to stop at the stop sign.

There are signs and rumble strips on Lehigh Road in an effort to alert drivers they must stop.

On Sept. 16, an 85-year-old man from Herscher was seriously injured when the pickup he was driving eastbound on Route 115 was struck by a northbound semi-tractor trailer that failed to stop on Lehigh Road. The driver of the semi was issued a ticket for failure to yield at an intersection.

On Aug. 2, a 24-year-old Herscher man was seriously injured at the same intersection.

His van was eastbound on Illinois 115 when it was hit by a semi traveling southbound on Lehigh that failed to stop at the stop sign. The semi driver was issued a ticket by state police for failure to yield at a stopped intersection.

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