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June 20, 2012

Three people dead after Ill. Hwy. 37 collision

MT. VERNON — Three people are dead as the result of a two-vehicle collision north of Dix.

Charles R. Flanagan, 70, of Mt. Vernon, and June J. Wise, 84, of Dix, both were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident by Jefferson County Coroner Eddie Joe Marks. William J. Hall, 76, of Dix, was transported to Good Samaritan Regional Health Center by Litton Ambulance, where he succumbed to his injuries, information states.

Emergency personnel received a call about a two-vehicle accident with entrapment on Illinois Highway 37 north of Eisenhower Road in Dix at about 11:14 a.m. Wednesday.

A pick-up truck driven by Flanagan collided with a four-door passenger vehicle carrying Wise and driver Hall. First responders used hydraulic extraction tools in order to be able to reach the people inside the vehicles.

Illinois Highway 37 was closed for several minutes while officials cleared the scene. The accident is still under investigation by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

Illinois State Police, Jefferson Fire Protection District, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Kell Fire Protection District, Litton Ambulance and Rick’s Towing responded to the accident.

A second serious accident occurred on Illinois Highway 37 just north of the first accident. Police and fire personnel responded to a report of a one-vehicle rollover accident near the intersection of Illinois Highway 37 and Rileyville Road.

First responders reported there was entrapment at this accident as well. When EMTs arrived to the scene, one person was out and walking around, but a second person was unconscious and breathing, entrapped in the vehicle.

Two people were transported to Good Samaritan Regional Health Center.

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