3 injured in 4 vehicle crash in Jefferson County, IL

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ill. (KBSI) – Three people are injured after a four-vehicle wreck involving five people on Interstate 57 in Jefferson County, Illinois on Wednesday, Dec. 28.

Ruslan Mankov, 30, of Hollandale Beach, Fla. was driving a 2018 silver Freightliner truck tractor semi trailer northbound on I-57 near milepost 82.

Tyler D. Newbury, 24, of Waltonville, Ill. was driving a 2000 white Chevrolet pickup truck also northbound on I-57.

John R. Laehn, 72, of Aiken, South Carolina was driving a 2003 maroon Nissan Maxima southbound.

Melissa J. Barkley, 62, of West Frankfort, Ill. was driving a 2018 gray GMC Terrain southbound.

A preliminary investigation reveals that Mankov changed lanes forcing Newbury off the road, according to Illinois State Police.

The rear portion of Mankov’s semi trailer struck the front end of Newbury’s pickup truck, according to ISP.

Newbury lost control and went through the median and into the oncoming southbound lanes.

Laehn’s car and and Barkley’s SUV struck Newbury’s truck.

Newbury was airlifted to a regional hospital with injuries.

Laehn was taken by ambulance to an area hospital with injuries.

Judith M. Laehn, 69, was a passenger in John Laehn’s pickup truck. She was taken by ambulance to an area hospital with injuries.

Mankov and Barkely were uninjured, according to ISP.

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