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On 05/15/21 at approximately 4:25 a.m., City of Carbondale Police officers responded to the 1800 block of East Main Street in reference to a three vehicle traffic crash. The investigation revealed, the at fault driver traveled east bound in the west bound lanes and struck a west bound vehicle head on. A passenger in the at fault vehicle sustained life threatening injuries. The injured passenger was treated at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale and later taken to a St. Louis area hospital for further treatment. All of the other parties involved in the crash suffered from non-life threatening injuries and some required medical treatment. Officers cited the at fault driver for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and other traffic violations. The driver remains hospitalized. Route 13 at North Reeds Station Road was shut down for a period of time to allow for a traffic crash reconstruction to be conducted. The Carbondale Police Department was assisted by the Carbondale Fire Department, the Jackson County Ambulance Service, the Carterville Fire Department and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department. None of the involved parties are being identified at this time. The investigation is active and ongoing.
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the City of Carbondale Police Department at (618) 549-2121. You may also call the Carbondale/SIU Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (618) 549-COPS (2677) or the Murphysboro/Jackson County anonymous tip line at (618) 687-COPS (2677). Anonymous tips may also be made by selecting the “Crime Stoppers” tab located on the main page of this website. Please help yourself, along with your county, its communities and the university campus by using these numbers if you witness, or have any information pertaining to, a crime. Cash rewards for information which leads to an arrest are also made anonymously. Remember, crime doesn’t pay, but Crime Stoppers does!