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EFFINGHAM (JG-TC) -- Illinois State Police District 12 has released information on three crashes involving injuries that occurred on Interstate 70 during the long New Year's weekend.

The first crash occurred at 1:31 a.m. Saturday as an eastbound pickup truck driven by Joann A. Keisey, 26, of Nixa, Missouri spun out of control while changing lanes near Greenup. The truck ran off of the road to the right, struck the ditch, and overturned. The truck came to a final rest in the south ditch facing west on its driver side. Weather conditions at the time of the crash were freezing mist, which left ice on the road.

Keisey and her four passengers were all taken to Regional Hospital in Terre Haute, Ind. for treatment of minor cuts and soreness. The passengers were Julie Porter, 57; Herman Robert Leisey, 24; a 5-year-old child; and a 3-year-old child; all of Nixa, Missouri.

The second crash occurred at 3:38 a.m. Saturday as an eastbound crossover SUV driven by Thang Saw, 38, of Aurora, Colorado slid on icy road surface near milepost 85 in Effingham County. The vehicle went into a skid, struck the ditch on the north side of the road, and then rolled over before catching fire. All five occupants were able to get out of the vehicle before it became fully engulfed in flames.

All five occupants of the vehicle were taken via ambulance to HSHS St. Anthony Hospital in Effingham for treatment of injuries. The four passengers were Maung Cing, 38, of Denver, Colorado; and Solomon Thang, 18; Zo Ram, 37; and Lian Mang, 31, all of Aurora, Colorado. Thang Saw was ticketed for driving too fast for conditions.

The third crash occurred at 8:47 a.m. Monday as the tire went flat on an eastbound car driven by Jeru Smith, 19, of Aurora, Colorado at milepost 92 in Effingham. The car ran off on the shoulder to the right of the road. The car then struck the ditch.

One of Smith's passengers Autumn Portwood, 22, of Theresa, New York was taken to St. Anthony Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Smith was ticketed for driving too fast for conditions.


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