Rollover on U.S. 45 north of Urbana results in DUI charges

Rollover on U.S. 45 north of Urbana results in DUI charges

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

The crash happened about 7:56 p.m. Saturday 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 2004 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 of Rantoul. All six were taken to Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana in three ambulances. Police described the injuries to two of the adults as serious.

State police had no additional information on the condition of the five passengers Sunday night. Gonzales was listed in good condition at Carle.

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, according to police.

In addition to the DUI ticket, Gonzales was also ticketed 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.

The crash scene had been cleared by Sunday afternoon.

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