DANVILLE — An Indiana man who may have fallen asleep at the wheel died early today at an Urbana hospital after crashing his van into a median on Interstate 74 near Danville.
Illinois State Police at Pesotum said Christopher J. Petrie, 40, of Jamestown, Ind., died at 1:20 a.m. at Carle Foundation Hospital from injuries he received about 90 minutes earlier.
Police said Mr. Petrie may have been fatigued when he entered the median as he was driving east on I-74 near the Bowman Avenue exit at 11:47 p.m. He then over-corrected and lost control. The van then crossed the eastbound lanes, entered the right ditch, and overturned.
According to one of the passengers who got out on his own, Mr. Petrie and two others were thrown out while the fifth man had to be cut out of the van.
None of the men were wearing seat belts, the report said.
Also injured and taken to Carle were four other men from Crawfordsville.They are Nicholas J. Hawkins, 31, Jeremy W. Hood, 35, Ryan N. Braunschweig, 34, and Thomas R. Keal, 17. Hawkins and Keal were listed in good condition on Wednesday evening. Hood and Braunschweig were treated and released.
Helicopters and ambulances were used to get the men to Carle.
The four passengers were issued tickets for not wearing seat belts.