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Separate Nov. 23 Crashes On I-64 Result In Injuries

There were two traffic crashes which resulted in injuries that occurred within a half hour of each other on I-64 in Washington County on the afternoon of Wednesday, November 23.

First, at approximately 3:56 p.m., at mile marker 52 in the westbound lanes, there was a single vehicle crash.

A black 2000 Buick Regal was traveling westbound and failed to negotiate a lefthand curve and traveled off of the Interstate on the north side and struck a tree. The driver, a 35-year-old male from Mt. Vernon (name withheld at time of press release due to severity of injuries), sustained serious injuries and was evacuated from the scene by ambulance and brought to a St. Louis-area hospital for treatment.

The car received severe damage and was later towed from the scene.

The cause of the accident listed by the Illinois State Police was that the driver was traveling too fast for conditions. Charges are pending.

A short time later, at approximately 4:24 p.m., at mile marker 44 of the westbound lanes, a two vehicle injury crash occurred.

A 2006 Chevrolet Sonic driven by Holly Gathright, 20, of Oak Grove, Ky., was headed westbound in the left lane, while a 2012 Chrysler 300 driven by Samantha Thouvenot, 24, of O’Fallon, was traveling directly behind Gathright’s vehicle.

Gathright’s car slowed due to a semi truck merging in in front of it, while Thouvenot’s vehicle did not slow down in time and rear-ended Gathright’s.

Following the accident, Gathright was taken from the scene by ambulance for treatment at a local hospital of non-life-threatening injuries received in the crash. The passenger in that car, Edward Gathright, 21, of Oak Grove, Ky., was not injured, nor was Thouvenot.

The Gathright vehicle was towed from the scene following the accident. Thouvenot’s vehicle was driven from the scene. Thouvenot was issued a citation for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.