Two Injured in Traffic Crash on Rt. 48 in Blue Mound
BLUE MOUND – The Macon County Sheriff's Office reports there was a traffic crash on Route 48 just north of Bolls Street in Blue Mound.
Authorities received a call the afternoon of June 9 at 12:15 PM. Initial reports indicated a vehicle had caught fire, but the two occupants were able to escape.
Deputies found a 2007 Chevrolet box van crashed into the ditch and on fire. According to statements from the van driver, the pair were traveling southbound on Route 48 when they were run off the road by a semi-truck. Both occupants have been transported to St. John's Hospital in Springfield. One of the occupants has life threatening injuries.
The Macon County Emergency Management Agency mitigated a spill of transmission fluid and motor oil leaking from the vehicle. The spill does not pose any public health issues as it was contained at the scene.
The investigation into this crash is ongoing. We will provide more details as they become available.
UPDATE – The Sheriff's Office says both driver and passenger were transported to St. John's Hospital in Springfield for treatment.
The 31 year old male driver was treated for minor injuries and has been released from care. He is confirmed as being from Florissant, Missouri.
The 29 year old male passenger is receiving care and has been stabilized. He remains in critical condition. The passenger is believed to be from the St. Louis, Missouri area.
Individuals stopped at the scene of the crash and helped the driver pull the passenger out of the burning van. The Macon County Sheriff's Office extends their thanks to these individuals.