Paxton man among those involved in I-57 collision

RANTOUL — Occupants of two vehicles escaped serious injury when their vehicles rolled over on Interstate 57 just south of Rantoul and came to rest in a corn field Wednesday night.

A spokesman for District 21 Illinois State Police at Ashkum said both vehicles — a GMC pickup truck out of Paxton and a 2006 Buick out of Wisconsin — were northbound when they collided near mile marker 249 1/2, about one-half mile south of the Rantoul interchange.

Among the occupants were Thomas Henson, 69, of Paxton, and December Reed, 27, of Chicago. 

Rantoul Fire Chief Ken Waters said they were called to the scene about 6:30 p.m. and had to “pop the doors open” on the pickup truck “because they couldn’t get out.”
He said both vehicles were 40-50 feet into the cornfield.

Waters said the occupants of both vehicles were able to walk to ambulances. The worst injury, he said, was a cut on the head of a young girl.

Additional names were unavailable from State Police.


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