UNION CO. – Three Mississippi residents were injured in a one-vehicle crash on southbound I-57 in Union County just before one Monday afternoon.
According to Illinois State Police, a SUV driven by 58-year-old Robert Criss of Louise, MS was driving south on I-57 near milepost 35 in Union County when, for unknown reasons, he left the roadway to the left, overcorrected, then began rolling end over end numerous times onto the southbound lanes of traffic. The SUV then ran off the right side of the road where it came to rest and caught fire.
Criss and one of his passengers, 38-year-old Hildarea Criss of Louise, MS were airlifted to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries. Another passenger, 54-year-old Frederick Baker of Louise, MS was taken by ambulance to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries.
The southbound lanes of I-57 at milepost 35 were closed for one hour during the crash investigation.
This crash is still under investigation and no other information is currently available.