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2 injured in Williamson County crash

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UPDATE: 5:15 p.m. THURSDAY, MAY 18, 2017

WILLIAMSON CO. -- Authorities have released new details about the crash that closed a portion of I-57 Thursday morning.

Illinois State Police say it happened at around 11:15 a.m. at mile marker 51. Robert Matheis, 47, of House Springs, Missouri, was driving southbound on I-57 in a 2008 Cadillac Escalade just ahead of Raghubir Singh, 26, of Fresno, California, who was driving a 2013 Volvo semi. Matheis slowed for traffic that was backed up from road construction and was hit from behind by Singh.

Matheis' car came to rest in the median, while Singh's semi ended up on the shoulder of the right lane.

Singh was uninjured. Matheis suffered non-life threatening injuries and refused treatment on the scene, choosing to go to the hospital by private vehicle.  

Christina M. Matheis, a passenger in the Cadillac, was flown from the scene by helicopter to a regional hospital for major injuries.

I-57 southbound was reduced to one lane for approximately two hours for crash investigation and scene cleanup.  
 
Singh was charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid a crash, improper lane usage, and having an unsafe tire.

ORIGINAL STORY

2 injured WILLIAMSON CO. -- Illinois State Police have closed a portion of Interstate 57 just south of Marion because of a crash.

The right southbound lane of Interstate 57 is closed at the 51 mile marker until further notice.

An ISP Spokesperson says the crash is a serious injury crash involving a semi-truck and an SUV. 

A helicopter was called to transport at least one victim.
 

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