PEKIN — Six people, including three young children, were recovering Tuesday from injuries in a two-vehicle crash south of Pekin on Monday night.
The driver who allegedly caused the crash was taken by LifeFlight helicopter to a Peoria hospital after he was extricated from his pickup truck. He was no longer there Tuesday, a hospital spokesman said, though further details were unavailable.
Police said the other victims also were hospitalized, some with serious injuries, but their conditions also remained unavailable.
Charles Gold, 73, of Bartonville, was cited with driving through a stop sign, with a revoked license and with other traffic violations after the accident at Illinois Route 29 and Townline Road.
He was driving east on Townline shortly before 8 p.m. when his pickup truck broadsided a minivan driven south on Route 29 by Melissa Eitenmiller, 43, of Green Valley. Also in the vehicle were Jason McCain, 40, also of Green Valley, and three children, ages 8, 7 and 1, whose identities were withheld by the Tazewell County Sheriff’s Department.
The collision at the intersection, where both roads had 55-mph speed limits, sent both vehicles into a field, where the minivan overturned. All of the victims were wearing seat belts and were conscious at the crash scene, police said.
Gold has two prior convictions in Tazewell for DUI and one for a revoked license, according to court records.
Follow Michael Smothers at Twitter.com/msmotherspekin