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RURAL HOOPESTON — Illinois State Police are investigating a one-vehicle accident Monday night that killed one man and sent two others to the hospital.

According to a preliminary report, the accident occurred at 8:26 p.m. on Illinois 9 just east of Cheneyville Road, about a mile east of Hoopeston

The report said a van was traveling west on the state highway when it ran off the road, struck a culvert and overturned in a cornfield.

A 37-year-old male passenger was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver, Miguel I. Vera, 36, of San Benito, Texas, and a 38-year-old passenger from Brownsville, Texas, were taken to a local hospital.

Vera was arrested on preliminary charges of driving under the influence of drugs, improper lane usage and no valid driver's license.

The Vermilion County Coroner’s Office will release the name of the man who died after his next of kin has been notified.


Noelle McGee is a Danville-based reporter at The News-Gazette. Her email is, and you can follow her on Twitter (@n_mcgee).