A four-vehicle accident closed Illinois Route 4 near Dodge Road north of Carlinville on Thursday afternoon, September 13, around 4:40 p.m. when Illinois State Police say a truck tractor was partially blocking Route 4 after getting stuck in the mud when entering onto Route 4 from a field access road leaving two people with non-life threatening injuries.
According to police, Jeff Behme of Carlinville was driving the 1995 International Truck Tractor when he got stuck in the mud leaving his front end partially blocked the northbound lane of the state route. At the same time, Heather Pfeiffer of Carlinville was traveling north in a passenger car with Traudl Benson-Bray of Palmyra following Pfeiffer also in a passenger car. Police said Pfeiffer slowed down to a stop due to the blocked lane, but Benson-Bray failed to slow down and struck Pfeiffer causing her to spin around and stall in the southbound lane.
John Boehm of Carlinville was heading southbound on Route 4 in a 2014 Peterbilt truck tractor and was unable to avoid hitting Pfeiffer in the southbound lane.
Pfeiffer was transported to Carlinville Area Hospital with non-life threatening injuries and Benson-Bray was transported to St. John’s Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to an Illinois State Police press release. Illinois Route 4 was closed for approximately 90 minutes after the accident.
Assisting Illinois State Police on-scene included the Macoupin County Sheriff’s Office, Gillespie-Benld Area Ambulance Service and Dunn’s Ambulance. The accident remains under investigation.