Route 68 south of Urbana was a dangerous and busy place during inclement weather on Tuesday with injury crashes occuring within 80 minutes of each other near the same area.
At 3:15 p.m., Champaign Countywide Communication Center received a 911 call in reference to a two-vehicle accident with serious injuries occurring at South U.S. Route 68 at Hickory Grove Road. Urbana Fire and EMS responded along with Champaign County Sheriff’s deputies to the location. At the scene, a gold 2017 Ford Escape had been traveling southbound on South U.S. Route 68 and entered into the designated middle turn area. The Ford Escape then proceeded to turn west onto Hickory Grove Road into the path of a northbound black 2000 Mitsubishi SUV. The black Mitsubishi struck the right side of the Ford Escape causing heavy damage to both vehicles. The Ford Escape was driven by Janis M. Vincent, age 60 of Urbana. The passenger in the vehicle was her husband James E. Vincent, age 63 of Urbana. Both occupants were treated at the scene by Urbana EMS and flown from the scene by CareFlight to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. The driver of the Mitsubishi, Taylor A. Gorr, age 21 of Urbana, was not injured.
The condition of both victims was not listed as of 6:25 p.m. Tuesday.
At this time the crash is under investigation by the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office.
A second crash occurred north of Hickory Grove on Route 68 as deputies investigated the first crash.
At 4:31 p.m., Champaign Countywide Communication Center received a 911 call in reference to a three-vehicle accident with possible injuries occurring just north of the first accident scene on South U.S. Route 68. Urbana Fire and EMS responded along with Champaign County Sheriff’s deputies to the location. At the scene, a gray 2002 Chevrolet pick-up truck driven by Dustin W. Meadows, age 30 of Cable, was traveling southbound on Route 68 and failed to stop for the slowed traffic – striking a 1996 green Mercury driven by Robert J. Smith, age 74 of Urbana. Smith’s vehicle then struck a black 2014 Ford pick-up driven by William R. David, age 50, of Springfield.
Smith was transported by Urbana EMS to Mercy Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.
Champaign County Sheriff’s deputies cited Meadows for failure to maintain assured clear distance.