An accident occurred on I-70 near mile post 104.5 at approximately 1:00 p.m. on Saturday when a vehicle driven by 87-Year-Old Mamie Whipple of Shobonier, IL attempted merge from the right to the left lane in order to use the authorized vehicle turnaround in the center median.
While making the turn, Whipple’s vehicle was hit on the back driver’s side by a semi-truck driven by 55-year-old Gerald J. Brewer of Perryville, MO.
Whipple’s vehicle was run off the road into the median but came back, sliding sideways, causing Brewer’s semi-truck to overturn and come to rest in a ditch on the right side of the roadway.
Whipple was airlifted to Carle Hospital in Urbana. She is charged with improper lane usage.