November 2, 2017

Three persons die in Washington County crash

Three persons died in a traffic crash on Illinois Route 15 in Washington County Tuesday afternoon.

Illinois State Police reports 67-year-old Patricia C. Smith of Louisville, Illinois; 70-year-old Karen L. Lunte of Nashville, Illinois and 65-year-old Diane Maschhoff of Hoyleton, Illinois died in the head on crash of two vehicles.

Police say the crash happened when a westbound 2007 Jeep Laredo driven by Smith, reportedly traveling at a high rate of speed, crossed the centerline on a curve and struck an eastbound 2017 Buick Enclave driven by Lunte. Maschhoff was a passenger in the Enclave.

All three were wearing seat belts.

The crash happened about 4:25 p.m. at Madison Road.

Police say the cause of the crash was driving too fast for conditions and improper lane use.