CHARLESTON (JG-TC) — The driver of a pickup truck hauling a cattle trailer was ticketed for driving under the influence and other offenses after his vehicle hit a car at a road construction site east of Charleston Saturday night.
Tony W. Ricketts, 58, of Wann, Okla., was cited for DUI as well as for disobeying a traffic control device, driving while license suspended or revoked and driving an uninsured vehicle, according to Lt. Brian Huston of the Coles County Sheriff’s Office.
Ricketts’ pickup hit the car driven by Eric Strandberg of Paris while the car was stopped at the road construction signal on Illinois Route 16 on the east side of the Embarras River construction zone east of Charleston about 8:45 p.m. Saturday, according to a sheriff’s office news release.
Huston said Ricketts’ truck caught fire and was heavily damaged. He said also Ricketts opened the trailer to allow the cattle he was hauling to escape the fire and the animals were all recaptured later.
Ricketts was taken to Memorial Medical Center in Springfield after the accident and he was still hospitalized there listed in fair condition Monday afternoon, according to a hospital representative. Huston said he thinks Ricketts was taken to the Springfield hospital to be treated at its burn unit.
Also, a passenger in Strandberg’s car, Christel B. Strandberg, 50, also of Paris, was taken to Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center, according to the sheriff’s office news release. SBLHC doesn’t release information on the condition or treatment of its patients.