One still hospitalized after I-74 crash

One still hospitalized after I-74 crash

ST. JOSEPH — Two people were reported injured when their car rolled over near St. Joseph on Thursday night.

According to a state police report, Ralph Hein, 27, of Champaign was driving a 2001 Oldsmobile east on Interstate 74 about two miles west of St. Joseph, reportedly at a high speed.

At 9:25 p.m. Thursday, Hein attempted to pass another eastbound vehicle by going on the left shoulder, and he lost control of the car, which went into the median, overturned and came to a rest on its roof in the center of the west traffic lanes.

Hein was extricated from the vehicle and airlifted to Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, where he was listed in critical condition on Friday night.

A passenger in the car, Robert Cook, 31, of Danville, was taken by ambulance to Carle, where he was treated for what police described as minor injuries and released.

Police ticketed Hein for driving under the influence of alcohol, operation of an uninsured motor vehicle, improper lane usage, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and failure to wear a seat belt.

Westbound traffic came to a standstill on I-74, and was diverted to U.S. 150 for more than an hour while the accident scene was cleared.

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