The Illinois State Police is investigating a three-vehicle crash that sent multiple people to the hospital. On Friday afternoon at 12:10 on Illinois Route 16 westbound at West County Line Road in Montgomery County, a vehicle driven by 39-year-old Shannon M. Cooper from Gillespie, who had a 15-year-old male in the vehicle, was traveling west. 85-year-old Geneva C. Armour from Carlinville was traveling directly in front of Cooper. Traveling eastbound was 66-year-old Timm L. La Roche from Gillespie.
Armour slowed down to let a vehicle turn. As Armour slowed down, Cooper failed to reduce speed and struck the rear of Armour. After striking Armour’s vehicle, Cooper went into the eastbound lane and struck La Roche. Cooper was airlifted to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. La Roche was transported by ambulance to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. A passenger in La Roche’s vehicle, 61-year-old Ann L. La Roche of Gillespie was also transported by ambulance to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The roadway was closed for about one hour during the investigation.