Four Injured in Interstate Crash South of Effingham


Published on July 13 2012 4:18 pm
Last Updated on July 14 2013 12:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

Four people including an infant were injured in a single-vehicle crash on I-57 south of Effingham Friday morning.

State police were notified of the crash five miles south of the Fayette Avenue interchange at 7:52am.  Reports indicate the vehicle was southbound when the left rear tire tread came apart.  The driver, 44-year-old Francisa Perez of Mission, Texas, was unable to maintain control of the vehicle, which traveled into the median and rolled over, coming to rest on the shoulder of the roadway.

Perez and one-year-old Andres Manuel of Ed, Texas were injured and were taken to Carle Hospital in Urbana for treatment.  Two other passengers, 40-year-old Rosie Torres and 17-year-old Jasmine Torres, both of Ed, Texas, were also injured and were taken to St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital in Effingham for treatment.

Perez was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid the crash, improper lane usage and failure to secure a child in a child restraint device.

Southbound I-57 was closed to travel in the area of the crash for close to an hour this morning.