GRAND TOWER – A two-vehicle injury crash happened in Jackson County Tuesday afternoon.
According to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, officers responded to the crash scene on Illinois 3 a quarter mile north of Oakwood Bottoms Road in Grand Tower around 3:10 p.m.
Sixty-year-old Harold Gates of Jackson, Mo. was driving his vehicle south on Illinois 3 when he crossed the center line and struck a vehicle going north driven by 69-year-old Richard Meyer of Sparta head-on.
Gates sustained serious injuries and was airlifted to a St. Louis area hospital. Meyer also sustained serious injuries and was taken by ambulance to an area hospital.
Illinois 3 was closed for two hours while emergency crews extricated Gates from his vehicle and investigated the scene.
The crash remains under investigation by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.
The sheriff’s office was assisted by the Illinois State Police, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, the Jackson County Ambulance Service, Tower Rock Fire Department, Arch Air Medical Service and Shelton’s Towing.