Effingham, IL (June 15, 2020) – An ambulance and another vehicle reportedly collided in Effingham on Tuesday, June 9th. The crash occurred at the intersection of Merchant Street and Temple Avenue at around 2:25 p.m. Local sources revealed that Peyton M. Rueter, 17, of Effingham was driving through the intersection, entering the path of an ambulance driven by Tyler J. Thomas, 24, also from Effingham.
Both drivers sustained injuries in the crash. Two passengers in the ambulance, identified as Whitney D. Gage, 32, of Neoga, Illinois and Taylor M. Geldert, 25, Mattoon, Illinois, were also injured. All four parties were transported to HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital.
Rueter was charged for failure to yield and disobeying a traffic control device. An ongoing investigation into the crash is underway.
Our thoughts are with Peyton Rueter, Tyler Thomas, Whitney Gage, Tayler Geldert, and their families at this time. We hope for their full recovery.
Illinois Ambulance Crashes
Each year, there are 29 crashes involving ambulances reported on average. These collisions result in around 33 deaths. There are nearly 6,500 collisions involving ambulances reported each year.
What you do the moments after an accident is of critical importance. Many crash victims are unsure of how to get the compensation they need to recover after a serious accident. In some cases, injured parties can consult with a qualified Illinois car crash attorney to discuss their next steps to take.
When you or a loved one is injured, it’s extremely serious. At Kent M. Lucaccioni, Ltd., we understand this, and it forms our entire approach. If you’ve been unfairly injured in a car accident, contact our offices today at 877-930-2551.
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