Four Seriously Injured After Head-On Crash on IL 149

BENTON – Four people were seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash in Franklin County Monday afternoon.

According to Franklin County Sheriff David Bartoni, a juvenile driver and their 16-year-old passenger, plus 49-year-old Holly Filkins and her 3-year-old passenger all sustained major injuries and were airlifted from the scene of the accident.

The crash occurred at 1:30 p.m. on Logan Road just south of Illinois 149 between West Frankfort and Thompsonville. Bartoni said the juvevnile’s vehicle crested a hill in the oncoming lane and struck Filkins’ vehicle head-on. Both drivers had to be extricated by the West Frankfort and Benton fire departments.

According to the sheriff, citations are pending upon completion of the investigation.