A single vehicle crash with severe injuries occurred at approximately 2:40 p.m. Saturday about of mile north of Lockhaven Road on Illinois Route 100, also known as the Great River Road, in Jersey County.
A motorist driving a Chevrolet Corvette apparently lost control and rolled over on Illinois Route 100; no other details were known as to what caused the crash at 11 p.m. Saturday. The driver perished from injuries sustained in the crash. In calls to first responders to the scene, the driver and a passenger both were described as “level one trauma patients.” A female passenger remained in critical condition at 11 p.m. Saturday night.
A deputy who answered the telephone at the Jersey County Sheriff’s Office Saturday night said no news release would be distributed until Sunday morning.
Two ambulances responded to the scene. A call went out for a ARCH Air Medical Service helicopter but the closest one available was in Sparta, Ill., and due to stormy weather there it was grounded, Godfrey Fire Protection District Assistant Chief Ed McBride said Saturday evening.
The QEM Fire Protection District received the first call at approximately 2:44 p.m. Saturday. QEM Fire Chief Jerry New could not be reached for comment late Saturday. The Godfrey Fire Protection District received a call to the scene at approximately 2:47 p.m.
“Godfrey had one truck with three personnel,” McBride said. “It was out of our district. Our call said it was one mile south of Clifton Terrace. QEM got the call a few minutes before us for Lockhaven, but it was actually one mile north of Lockhaven toward Grafton. We thought we might be responding to two different crashes, but when we got there, QEM had quite a few there and we weren’t needed.”
Initially two GFPD trucks responded but McBride sent one truck back once he knew it was not needed.
Illinois Route 100 was closed to through traffic at approximately 3:30 p.m. Saturday for an undetermined amount of time as first responders worked to free the victims from the wreckage.