Tuesday, January 9th a traffic crash occurred along Route 40, a quarter mile east of Fayette County Road 1550, (just west of Vandalia) during the afternoon. According to preliminary details from Illinois State Police District 12, Jonathan Sandifer, 45, from Greenville (unit 1) and Norma Poole, 67, from Smithboro (unit 2) were both traveling east along Route 40. Sandifer was traveling behind Smithboro when he struck the rear of unit 2 in the roadway.
Unit 2, had one passenger, Jennifer Ulmer, 43, of Smithboro who was transported to Fayette County Hospital for minor injuries. Sandifer was charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid a crash and no insurance.