The Illinois State Police are investigating a crash that occurred on IL Route 48 near Taylorville in Christian County that has left two people dead and two with very serious injuries. The crash happened on Illinois Route 48 near E 1550 N in Taylorville Township on Thursday night at 11:04 PM.
According to the Illinois State Police, 46-year-old Robert M. Hodson was traveling northbound on IL Route 48 near E 1550 North Road. A vehicle driven by a 19-year-old female from Taylorville was traveling southbound at the same location. Hodson’s vehicle crossed into the left lane to pass another vehicle and hit the 19-year-old’s vehicle head-on. The driver and her rear passenger, an unidentified male were pronounced dead on the scene. Another passenger in the 19-year-old’s vehicle, a female from Lafayette, Indiana was transported by ambulance to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries.
Hodson was transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries. At this time, Hodson has been cited with driving under the influence of alcohol, improper lane usage, failure to reduce speed to avoid a crash, and no valid driver's license/expired.
This accident is still under investigation, and the ISP Traffic Crash Reconstruction Unit is investigating as well.