UPDATED: Van Strikes Westville Labor Day Parade Goers

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WESTVILLE - The Westville Police Department says they are investigating an incident that left several pedestrians injured on Labor Day.

Westville police say a Chrysler minivan crashed through a barricade and struck several pedestrians on State Street at about 11:30 a.m.  Police say the van then continued across State Street, striking more pedestrians and traveling about one more block before coming to a stop in the parking lot of First Financial Bank, located in the 100 block of East Main Street.

Authorities say a total of 11 people, ages ranging from one through 43, were struck during this incident.  Seven people were taken to a local hospital for treatment of injuries, with the most serious injury being a two-year-old who suffered skull fractures.  All pedestrians involved in this incident are expected to recover.

Westville police say they transported the driver, identified as Christie Collins, 61, to a local hospital.  Authorities say Collins was not injured, was fully cooperative, and very upset and concerned about the injured individuals.  Westville police officers say Collins reported that her brakes had failed, and that she was unable to stop.  Collins' vehicle is currently being inspected to see if there are any mechanical defects present.

Collins was issued a preliminary citation for failure to reduce speed and was released.  The planned Labor Day parade was delayed for one hour while officers investigated.  Police are also asking anyone who may have pictures or video of this incident to contact authorities at (217) 267-2131.

This incident is still under investigation.  We will provide more details as they become available.


UPDATE: Our partners at The Champaign News-Gazette have reported new information surrounding a van driving through a Labor Day parade and hitting pedestrians in Westville the afternoon of September 7.

According to reporters Tracy Moss and Johnathan Hettinger, a woman was driving the van that injured several people. Westville Police Chief David Booe told The News-Gazette that nine people were injured, an update from the eight people reported earlier.

Seven of the nine were taken to the hospital by ambulances participating in the parade. According to the article, one individual was injured severely enough to be transferred to Carle Hospital in Urbana from Presence United Samaritans Medical Center.

The full information and article can be found on The New-Gazette’s website here.


WESTVILLE – Our partners at The Champaign News-Gazette report a van crashed through a Labor Day parade route and injured eight people.

The News-Gazette says initial reports from authorities report the accident took place at around 11:30 AM, just as the parade was starting in downtown Westville.

A van not associated with the parade continued through the intersection of Main Street and Illinois 1. Reporters Tracy Moss and Johnathan Hettinger report that it struck pedestrians both on the west and east sides of the parade route.

The article continues that police were able to stop the vehicle, and they allege the driver may have been having a medical problem at the time of the accident.

This accident delayed the parade for 70 minutes. All involved were taken to the hospital by multiple ambulances with Westville Police and Vermilion County Sheriff’s officers assisting.

The News-Gazette’s article and further updates can be found here: http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2015-09-07/updated-eight-taken-hospital-after-westville-parade-accident.html

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