Three hurt in two I-55 accidents Wednesday near Worden

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WORDEN — Three people were hurt in two Wednesday morning accidents on Interstate 55 accident near Worden.

According to Illinois State Police, at 6:51 a.m. Wednesday traffic was moving slowly on I-55 northbound near Exit 33 because of an earlier accident. State police said a Union Pacific Railroad truck driven by Brian Womack, 48, of House Springs, Missouri, was in the right lane when it was struck in the rear by a Honda Pilot driven by Elizabeth McMahon, 33, of Hamel.


McMahon was airlifted to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries. A 1-year old male passenger in her vehicle also was transported by ambulance to an area hospital for precautionary reasons.

Womack and a passenger in his vehicle declined medical attention. Both vehicles were towed from the scene.



No further information was released on the accident.

The collision occured following an accident on I-55 in the same area around 5:41 a.m. Wednesday.

In that accident, a 2018 International truck tractor semi-trailer driven by Juan Bernardo Apellaniz Crespo, 56, of Nottingham, Maryland, was traveling north on I-55 when it left the roadway to the right, overcorrected and overturned in the roadway.

A 2017 Volvo truck tractor semi-trailer driven by Theresa H. Berres, 55, of Marinette, Wisconsin, was directly behind Crespo’s truck and struck it.

Crespo was transported from the scene to an area hospital with minor injuries. Berres declined medical attention. Both vehicle were towed from the scene and Crespo was cited for the crash.


Photo courtesy of Kevin Cheek

Updated: February 18, 2020 — 11:00 AM

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