I-57 crash injures five; both drivers cited

CHAMPAIGN — Five people were injured in a two-vehicle collision near Champaign on Interstate 57 Wednesday night.

A release from the Illinois State Police at Pesotum said a van driven by Duane Lybarger, 66, of Champaign, had stopped on the right shoulder of the northbound lanes and was pulling back into traffic when it was hit in the rear by a car driven by Richard W. Roth, 41, of Urbana.

The report said the Lybarger van caught fire but its occupants were able to get out. Roth’s car sustained heavy front-end damage.

Roth was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and was reported not injured. Two of his passengers, Theodore Trenter, 60, of Danville, and Brian Severin, 36, of Champaign, were taken to Carle Foundation Hospital for injuries.

Lybarger and his two passengers, Patricia Lybarger, 64, and Kristen Burtzos, 22, both of Champaign, were also taken to Carle.

A Carle spokeswoman said both Lybargers, Burtzos and Severin were treated and released but no information was available on Trenter.

Duane Lybarger was ticketed for failure to yield while merging. Besides the DUI, Roth was ticketed for driving with a suspended license and operating an uninsured vehicle.

The collision occurred at 9:47 p.m.

Police said both drivers and all the passengers were wearing seat belts.
 

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