Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

May 18, 2014

One dead in Effingham accident

Nicole Dominique
Effingham Daily News

EFFINGHAM — A person is dead following a two-car collision north of Effingham Sunday afternoon.

The accident occurred at 3:10 p.m. on U.S. 45 two miles north of Effingham, when the driver of a southbound vehicle lost consciousness, crossed the center line and entered the grassy shoulder on the east side of the road. A nearby northbound vehicle swerved to avoid the car. At the same time, the southbound driver began to correct the car's position, and struck the second vehicle in the front passenger area.

Eight people were involved in the accident, with one reported dead by the Illinois State Police and others in serious condition.

The victim was not identified Sunday evening, pending notification of family members.

Effingham County Coronor Duane Guffey declined to release further details Sunday evening and planned to release more information Monday afternoon.

No other information was available at presstime. Check effinghamdailynews.com for updates on story as they are made available.