VERMILLION COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — Three people are in an Illinois hospital with life-threatening injuries after a multi-vehicle crash on I-74 Saturday.
One of those victims is 60-year-old Patricia Campbell of Indianapolis. The two others are juveniles, one being an infant.
The Vermillion County Sheriff's Department confirms it was a semi-truck that caused several cars to collide. The driver has been identified as 53-year-old Daniel Alvarez of Peoria, Illinois.
Deputies report Alvarez failed to slow down during slower moving/stopped traffic. This caused a chain reaction of car-collisions.
The driver carrying the two juveniles has been identified as 18-year-old Kaleb Acuna of State Line, Indiana. His vehicle was the first car hit.
Acuna’s car hit a pick-up truck driven by 44-year-old Jeremy Ramage of Union, Kentucky. Acuna’s car then hit the SUV Campbell was driving.
Campbell’s car hit another semi driven by 59-year-old Kathy McCarthy of Edgewater, Florida.
Everyone was taken to the hospital and have since been released except for the three victims in critical condition.
The victims are currently at Carle Hospital in Champaign, Illinois. The Sheriff’s Office is still investigating why Alvarez didn’t slow down for traffic.
Vermillion County Sheriff Officers are investigating the cause of a multi-vehicle crash on Saturday afternoon. It happened near the Indiana-Illinois state line on I-74 West.
Vermillion County Dispatch received a call around 3 p.m. about a multi-car crash involving two semi-trucks and four other cars.
A lifeline and air ambulance were sent to the scene from Champaign, Illinois. Dispatchers say multiple people were taken to a hospital in Danville.
It is unclear if there are any fatalities or life-threatening injuries at this time.
Dispatchers say all the cars were heading West-bond. One vehicle landed as far as a ditch on the East-bound side.
This story will be updated