One Dead After Three-Car Collision in Carmi

Shortly after 5 on Tuesday evening, authorities say that 20-year-old Paitton Powell was driving westbound on Hwy 14 near the intersection of CR 900 E. in White County.

Illinois State Police say her attention was momentarily diverted, and when she looked back at the roadway, she collided with another car in front of her, which was turning left onto CR 900 E.

Police say the rear-end collision pushed the second car into the eastbound lane where it struck another vehicle, driven by a 60-year-old man from Carmi.

The identity of that individual has not yet been released.

The 60-year-old was transported to Hamilton Memorial, where he was pronounced dead, shortly before 6 a.m.

Powell was transported to Hamilton Memorial Hospital in McLeansboro with minor injuries.

The driver and passenger of the second vehicle were transported by air Evac to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville with non-life-threatening injuries.

Illinois State Police say that Powell was cited for following too closely.

(This story was originally published on August 2, 2017)


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