SUBLETTE — Lee and La Salle county sheriff’s departments released reports late Friday and early Saturday on two separate head-on collisions that occurred on rural roadways and required helicopter transfers of patients as the Labor Day weekend began. At least two of the patients' conditions were listed as "critical" as of 10 a.m. Saturday.
U.S. 52 crash: Lee County Sheriff’s Office says neither alcohol nor drugs are suspected to have any involvement in a head-on crash at U.S. 52 and Cedar Grove Road south of Sublette near the La SalleCounty. The sheriff’s office further indicates “speed was not a factor” in the crash that occurred at 11:52 a.m.
The sheriff’s office says a vehicle driven by Bennie Sumner, 44, of Mendota was southbound U.S. 52 and went into the northbound lane, hitting head-on with a van driven by Cyril Ward, 64, of Amboy. Brayden Ward, 4, was a passenger in Cyril Ward’s van.
Cyril Ward was flown to Rockford MemorialHospital, Brayden Ward was transported to Mendota Community Hospital and Sumner was flown to St. Anthony’s, Rockford.
Sumner was reported in critical condition Saturday morning. Cyril Ward also was reported in critical condition Saturday morning.
Amboy, Sublette and Mendota fire and emergency medical services were on the scene. The accident remains under investigation.
Crash near Seneca: Katelyn Ortiz, 16, of Seneca was taken by Life Flight to Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove after the car she was driving on East 29th Road due north of Seneca near Interstate 80 and North 30th Road crossed the center line and struck a northbound semi driven by Edward Henkel, 55, of Sublette, head-on, according to La Salle County Sheriff’s Office. The accident, which occurred at 10:46 a.m. Friday, remained under investigation this weekend, according to the sheriff’s office. Henkel was checked by emergency medical technicians and refused treatment, deputies reported.
A spokesman at the Downers Grove hospital said the hospital does not release information on minors.