Tuesday, May 8th a personal injury crash occurred along I-57 Northbound at Milepost 218 in Champaign County involving 5 vehicles. Preliminary details from Illinois State Police District 10 indicates Jess Plunkett, 41, of Paragould, AK (unit 1) driving a Freightliner failed to stop when other vehicles were stopped in the right lane due to traffic backup from a stalled truck in the roadway. Unit 1 caused a rear end collision with units 2, 3, 4, & 5.
The driver and unit 2, Rayna Murphy, 23, of Willow Springs, IL and the driver of unit 3, David Simpkins, 65, of Newman, IL were both transported to a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries. The other drivers were Amy Salmon, 41, of Monticello, IL & Gerald Case, 50, of Indianapolis, IN. Plunkett was cited for DUI-Drugs and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.