Mahomet-Seymour student killed in Douglas County wreck

Mahomet-Seymour student killed in Douglas County wreck

Mahomet Citizen editor Fred Kroner was at Wednesday's vigil. Listen to his report here

TUSCOLA — One Mahomet-Seymour student was killed and two others were injured in a multi-vehicle, chain-reaction accident Wednesday afternoon on U.S. 36 east of Tuscola.

Superintendent Rick Johnston sent a letter to teachers Wednesday night informing them that junior Jacob Hamilton was killed in the wreck. An impromptu vigil was held that night on the school's soccer field, where Mr. Hamilton played as a goalkeeper on the varsity soccer team.

"It is with a heavy heart that I write you tonight to let you know that MSHS junior Jacob Hamilton was killed in an automobile accident this evening," Johnston wrote. "Our support team is preparing for extra support at the High School tomorrow morning, and the grief dogs will be there as well.

"Thank you in advance for your support of the Hamilton family and of everyone at Mahomet-Seymour High School during this difficult time."

Hundreds of students and staff gathered Wednesday night at a vigil held at the varsity soccer field near the middle school.

The accident come on the same night M-S was holding an Awards Night at the high school.

Graduation at M-S is scheduled to take place Friday night. The school's baseball team is still slated to host Bloomington at 4 p.m. today, dedicated in Mr. Hamilton's honor, with all fans encouraged to wear light blue.

The school's Twitter feed also confirmed the news:

Douglas County Coroner Joe Victor said a semitrailer and several other vehicles were part of the accident on U.S. 36, about 2.5 miles east of Interstate 57.

The crash is being investigated by the state police, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and Douglas County Coroner’s Office.

State police said U.S. 36 east of Tuscola would remain closed until 11 p.m. or midnight. Police said a total of 13 vehicles were involved in five separate crashes.

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