MATTOON — A Chicago man was killed and three other people traveling with him were injured in a multi-vehicle accident Saturday morning on Interstate 57 at the Illinois Route 16 interchange.
Traffic was re-routed from the interstate onto Route 16 for several hours as police investigated the accident that killed Joseph Taylor, 48. Taylor was a passenger in a car that was involved in an accident with a tour bus and he was then hit by another vehicle after exiting the car, according to Illinois State Police.
The impact threw Taylor off the interstate and onto the westbound lanes of Route 16 below, which were also closed for a time Saturday morning. Coles County Coroner Ed Schniers said he pronounced Taylor dead at the scene.
According to information from state police, the car in which Taylor was a passenger and the tour bus both were southbound on the interstate when the car, driven by Tiffany S. Taylor, 25, of Chicago, sideswiped the bus about 5:45 a.m. Saturday. The car hit the bus a second time as Tiffany Taylor was trying to regain control and her car then hit a guardrail in the median and stopped across the passing lane, ISP reported.
About 15 minutes later, according to state police, the car driven by Kimberly A. Eddleman, 50, of Johnston first hit another vehicle that went onto the shoulder to avoid the accident scene and then hit Taylor’s vehicle. That impact caused Taylor’s car to strike Joseph Taylor and propel him off the overpass.
State police indicated that Tiffany Taylor and two other passengers in her car, Dayshawn D. Gafford, 4, and Ronald Key, 58, both of Chicago, were injured and Tiffany Taylor was taken to Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center; the hospital doesn’t release information on the conditions of its patients.
Eddleman received a citation for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and Tiffany Taylor was cited for improper lane use.
State police indicated that the tour bus’ driver, Bennie Lee Rice, and nine passengers were all from Tennessee and none were injured. The vehicle that went onto the shoulder to avoid the first accident was a sport utility vehicle driven by Yuma S. Hayes of Chicago; the driver and three passengers were not injured.
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