Car-truck collision in Paxton injures Gibson City couple

Car-truck collision in Paxton injures Gibson City couple


The Paxton Record

PAXTON — A rural Gibson City couple were taken by ambulance to a hospital for treatment of unknown injuries Friday afternoon, following a head-on collision between a truck and car in Paxton.

Local police, firefighters and paramedics were dispatched to the accident at 12:40 p.m., Paxton Police Chief Bob Bane said.

The accident occurred in front of the parking lot of the Marathon gas station in the 1000 block of West Ottawa Road (Illinois 9) near Paxton’s west edge.

Gary O. McDonnough, 64, of Pacific, Mo., was driving a 1996 Dodge Ram pickup truck west on Illinois 9 after he had exited Interstate 57, Bane said. As McDonnough was turning into the gas station’s parking lot, he turned in front of an eastbound 2006 Ford Taurus driven by Katherine L. Finefield, 59, of rural Gibson City.

The vehicles’ front ends collided, Bane said.

The car ended up in the ditch south of the highway, while the truck ended up behind it partially in the eastbound lane of the road.

Finefield and a passenger in the car — her husband, James E. Finefield, 69 — were both taken by ambulance to Gibson Area Hospital in Gibson City.

The hospital did not immediately return a message Friday requesting a condition report.

Bane said Mr. Finefield’s injuries did not appear serious. Bane was not sure about the seriousness of injuries to Mrs. Finefield, who was taken out of the car on a stretcher.

“She apparently had glass fragments in her eyes, and she was complaining of airbag deployment,” Bane said. “Her husband was out walking.”

McDonnough refused treatment at the scene, Bane said. He was ticketed for failure to yield when turning left.

All three people involved were wearing seatbelts, Bane said. Both vehicles’ airbags deployed, he said. Both vehicles were a total loss, Bane said.

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areader wrote on July 15, 2011 at 8:07 pm

Drivers REALLY need to pay attention and concentrate on what they're doing . . .