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Friday morning accident sends occupants to hospital

Posted January 24, 2014 by Joe Rehana in News
With temperatures in the low teens, rescue personnel work quickly to extricate the occupants in a two-vehicle accident on State Route 37 just north of Goreville Friday morning.  ~ Joe Rehana | Goreville Gazette

With temperatures in the low teens, rescue personnel work quickly to extricate the occupants in a two-vehicle accident on State Route 37 just north of Goreville Friday morning. ~ Joe Rehana | Goreville Gazette

Rescue personnel work to secure the driver for transport to hospital after she was involved in a two-vehicle accident on State Route 37 just north of Goreville Friday morning, Jan. 24, 2014.  ~ Joe Rehana | Goreville Gazette

Emergency personnel work to secure Stacey A. Dury of Hurst for transport to Carbondale Memorial Hospital after she was involved in a two-vehicle accident and sustained incapacitating injuries on State Route 37 just north of Goreville Friday morning, Jan. 24, 2014. ~ Joe Rehana | Goreville Gazette

Seat belts and a child restraint were reported to have prevented any major injuries in a two-vehicle accident that took place just north of Goreville on State Route 37 early Friday morning.

Angel S. Bowman, 25, of Herrin was charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident after her vehicle struck the rear of another.

Bowman was driving a 2002 silver Mercury Mountaineer and did not see the driver of a 2012 maroon Volkswagon Passat slowing to allow a pickup truck ahead make a left turn off of State Route 37.  The Mountaineer struck the Volkswagon from behind sending it approximately 200 yards down the road and its driver, Stacey A. Dury, 43, of Hurst to Carbondale Memorial Hospital with incapacitating injuries.

Goreville Police department and Goreville Fire and Rescue along with the Johnson County Sheriff’s department, Johnson County Ambulance Service and Illinois State Police responded to the call.

The driver of the Mountaineer was reported as saying, “She took her eyes off the road for a brief look at her child” before she realized the Passat was at a standstill ahead of her.

Traffic was backed up in both directions less than a quarter mile as Goreville Xpress Auto Repair & Towing was arriving on the scene. Traffic returned to normal at around 9:30, an estimated 40 minutes after the accident occurred.

 This article has been updated from its original posting to reflect new information.