The Following Preliminary Information is Being Released by Illinois State Police District 19:
WHAT: Personal Injury Traffic Crash
WHERE: Illinois Route 34, 645 Feet West of Roberts Road in Saline County
WHEN: 12/12/2012 at 4:25 p.m.
VEHICLES: White 2001 Chevrolet Venture
DRIVERS: Karen S. Tresenritter, Age 44, West Frankfort, IL.
PASSENGER: Denise J. Ragsdale, Age 54, West Frankfort, IL.
PRELIMINARY: The preliminary traffic crash investigation indicated that Tresenritter, the driver of the 2001 Chevrolet Venture, was traveling southbound on Illinois route 34. As Tresenritter approached Roberts Road, she dropped something onto the floorboard. While attempting to retrieve the item, she drove off the roadway and onto the right shoulder. Tresenritter then overcorrected her steering and lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle crossed both lanes of traffic and overturned in a drainage ditch. Tresenritter was transported by Air Evac to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, Indiana for treatment of the injuries she sustained in the crash. The passenger, Ragsdale, was transported by Med Force Ambulance to Ferrel Hospital in Eldorado, IL. for injuries she sustained in the crash.
The Illinois State Police was assisted at the crash scene by the Saline County Sheriff’s Department, Med force Ambulance, Air Evac, Winter’s Towing and the Galatia and Eldorado Fire Departments.
CHARGES: Charges are pending.