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Three hurt in crash involving stolen vehicle

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UPDATE: 5:40 A.M.

DOWELL, Ill. -- A teen could face charges in Jackson County after causing a multi-car crash with a stolen vehicle late Wednesday night.

Sheriff's deputies, along with first responders from Elkville and Dowell, responded to a head-on crash at around 9:14 p.m. at the intersection of U.S. Route 51 and Cobin Lane involving two vehicles with trapped occupants.

Investigators say a 16-year old male was driving southbound on Route 51 in a 2002 Ford sedan when he crossed  the center line and hit a 2007 Chevrolet sedan driven by 54-year old Karla Henry.

Witnesses told investigators that they saw the teen driving recklessly just before the crash.

It was later revealed that the teen driver was operating a vehicle that was reported stolen from the Pinckneyville area, and that the teen was driving without a license.

Henry and the teen driver were flown to St. Louis for their injuries and their conditions are unknown. A passenger in Henry's vehicle was taken to the hospital by ambulance, and two passengers with the teen driver were treated and released at the scene.

Route 51 was closed for nearly an hour as crews cleared the scene.

Charges against the teen driver are pending.


ELKVILLE, Ill. -- Jackson County Deputies are investigating a head-on collision on U.S. 51 near Maksin Road in Elkville. 

A sergeant with the Jackson County Sheriff's Office tells News 3 a driver heading southbound was driving recklessly and crossed over the line, colliding with the northbound vehicle.

The two drivers were flown by helicopters to St. Louis area hospitals in serious condition. Two passengers in the southbound car were treated at the scene.

Check back for updates on this developing story.

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