MATTOON (JG-TC) — One person died Sunday afternoon from injuries sustained in a four-car collision that occurred at 8:31 p.m. Saturday at the Lerna Road and Illinois Route 16 intersection, according to Mattoon police.
While names of those involved have not been released, Mattoon Police Department Chief Jeff Branson said the individual died in Urbana at Carle Foundation Hospital.
“It appears the striking vehicle was traveling (in the westbound lane) at a high rate of speed and impacted the other cars,” he said by phone Sunday.
Several people were transported from the scene to Carle hospital with severe injuries, Branson said.
“This was a very significant wreck, and one of the worst I have seen in Mattoon for some time,” he added.
The investigation, which will include Illinois State Police as it moves forward, is ongoing with accident reconstruction research. Branson added that the investigation will take time, and officials plan to examine the “black box,” or event data recorders, in all four cars.
Mattoon police, Coles County Sherrif’s Office, Mattoon fire and Charleston fire personnel responded to the collision. Route 16 was closed for about one hour while crews cleaned debris from the road.
More details will be released as they become available.