3 people dead after crash on United States 45 in Massac Co., IL

Sergio Conner
January 13, 2018

Two toddlers and a woman died Thursday in a three-vehicle crash in Massac County.

The crash occurred when 23-year-old Rachel Killian of Marion ran off the right-hand side of the roadway, overcorrected, and crossed into the southbound lane of USA 45 where she collided head-on with a auto driven by 57-year-old Karla Reichert of Karnak.

The crash happened around 6:23 a.m. Thursday on US 45, south of Illinois Route 169. Ulen was behind Reichert and crashed into the rear of Reichert's vehicle. Police say she over-corrected and crossed into the southbound lane.

Killian collided head on with a Black 2014 Chrysler 300 driven by 57-year-old Karla R. Reichert of Karnak, Illinois. Police say nobody in the vehicle was restrained except the 9-month old, who was in a auto seat. The three other passengers in her vehicle were transported to Western Baptist Hospital with serious injuries. After the head-on collision, an SUV driven by 62-year-old Cathy Ulen of Ullin rear-ended Reichert's vehicle.

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Police said the 9-month-old boy in Killian's vehicle was properly restrained in a child seat.

Troopers say Reichert was taken to an out-of-state hospital for treatment of severe injuries.

The Massac County coroner pronounced Killian and the one-year-old passenger dead at the scene.

The crash closed all lanes of US 45 for three and a half hours to allow for investigation and cleanup. The report said the investigation into the crash is ongoing.

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