Alcohol involved in crash that injured six north of Urbana

Alcohol involved in crash that injured six north of Urbana

URBANA — A Rantoul man has been charged with driving under the influence after a rollover crash north of Urbana injured six people Saturday night, two of them seriously.

The crash happened about 7:40 p.m. on U.S. 45 just north of Leverett Road, which is about halfway between Urbana and Thomasboro.

Illinois State Police at Pesotum said Joel Gonzales, 24, was driving a Chevrolet Suburban north when he lost control and left the road to the right. He overcorrected, crossed back over the northbound lanes and went into the median, where the Suburban rolled over.

Two of his passengers were thrown out but Gonzales, who was wearing a seat belt, remained in the vehicle.

State police do not release names of passengers but said they were two adult females and three children. All six were taken to Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana in three ambulances. Police described the injuries to two of the adults as serious.

Both Champaign County sheriff’s deputies and Illinois State Police were initially sent to the crash. Because it was determined to have happened on U.S. 45, state police handled the investigation.

The crash shut down U.S. 45 until about 1:45 a.m. Sunday.

Gonzales was listed in good condition Sunday morning at Carle.

In addition to the DUI ticket, Gonzales was also cited for not having any of the children properly restrained, illegal transportation of alcohol, improper lane usage, and no proof of insurance.

Champaign County sheriff's Sgt. Dave Sherrick said deputies helped direct traffic and the Thomasboro Fire Department helped with the victims.


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djward wrote on September 02, 2014 at 9:09 pm

Since the article does a nice job of listing all the agencies involved, I figured I'd add that Pro Ambulance sent four (not three) ambulances to the scene, converging from Urbana, Rantoul, and Champaign.