3 Killed In Multi-Car Crash On Rt 13

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UPDATED 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, JULY 2, 2014

WSIL -- Police are still trying to piece together a triple-fatal accident that happened Monday night at the intersection of Cambria Road and Route 13.

On Wednesday officers were at the scene of the accident. State police confirm excessive speed was involved, but the exact rate of speed for each vehicle is still unknown. That information could help investigators learn more about this deadly crash.  

"There was a reconstruction officer that was called to the scene and it was determined that excessive speed was a factor because of the large amount of damage," said ISP spokesperson Joey Watson.  

 

First responders at the scene Monday night said it looked like the two cars may have been racing along Route 13. Troopers are not commenting on what may have lead to the excessive speeding.

UPDATED 11:50 a.m. TUESDAY, JULY 1, 2014

WILLIAMSON CO. -- Illinois State Police have released the names of three people killed in a traffic accident Monday night on Route 13 at Cambria Road.

Police say Abdullah M. Alfadhli, 18, of Carbondale, was driving a Pontiac Firebird west on Route 13 when he struck a Toyota Scion attempting to turn north onto Cambria Road. The Pontiac then caught fire.

Alfadhli and the driver of the Toyota, Stephanie D. Stowers, 29, of Marion, were killed in the crash.

A third vehicle, a Porsche driven by Frank M. Walker, 47, of Carbondale, lost control while trying to avoid the crash and went into Crab Orchard Lake. The Carterville Fire Department Dive Team recovered Walker's body. 

Illinois State Police say a 3-year-old boy from Marion was also injured in the traffic accident. He remains in critical condition after being flown to a regional hospital.

 

***UPDATE: TUESDAY, JULY 1, 2014, 2:15 a.m.***

WILLIAMSON CO. -- At least three people are now confirmed dead after a multi-car crash at the intersection of Route 13 and Cambria Road. 

State police are not releasing any names at this time, but tell us the vehicles involved include a 1999 Pontiac Firebird, a 2007 Toyota (Scion) SXC, and a 2006 Porsche 911.

Trooper Joey Watson says according to witnesses, the Pontiac and Porsche were driving west on Route 13. The Toyota was traveling east on 13 and was turning onto Cambria Road.  That's when the Pontiac hit the Toyota and then caught fire.  

Watson says the driver of the Porsche lost control while attempting to avoid hitting the other two cars and ended up sliding into Crab Orchard Lake.

Besides the three dead, police say a fourth person is listed in critical condition.  The cause is still under investigation, but excessive speed seems to be a factor. 

 

 

***ORIGINAL STORY***

WILLIAMSON CO. -- Crews worked into the night Monday on a multi-car crash at Route 13 and Cambria Road.  

Officers at the scene said there was at least one fatality.
 
State police say the call came in around 9:30 p.m. One car went into the water of Crab Orchard Lake. A dive team and boats were being used to search the lake. It appears a second vehicle involved in the crash caught fire.
 
Police closed Route 13 in both directions, diverting traffic at Greenbriar and Spillway Roads.
 
Late Monday night, investigators continued to work at the scene and had not released any details on how the crash happened or identified the people involved.
 
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