A three-vehicle crash in Massac County killed three people and seriously injured four others Thursday.

According to a news release from the Illinois State Police District 22, at about 6:23 a.m., Rachel E. Killian, 23, of Marion, was driving her red 2011 Kia Soul north on U.S. 45 when she left the right side of the road. Overcorrecting, she swerved into the left lane, causing the crash.

After leaving her lane, Killian then struck head-on the black 2014 Chrysler 300 that Karla R. Reichert, 57, of Karnak, was driving south, the police narrative said. Reichert was then struck by Cathy J. Ulen, 62, of Ullin, who was driving behind her in a gray 2015 Chevrolet Traverse.

According to the police report, Killian and her 1-year-old passenger were pronounced dead on the scene by the Massac County Coroner. A 3-year-old passenger in Killian’s vehicle later died because of injuries from the crash.

Reichert was transported to an out-of-state hospital with severe injuries and three passengers in Killian’s vehicle were transported to Western Baptist Hospital in Paducah with serious injuries.

According to the report, a 9-month-old passenger in Killian’s vehicle was restrained in a child’s seat, while the other passengers, including the driver, were not restrained.

All lanes of U.S. 45 were closed for about three and a half hours for the crash investigation and cleanup. The report said the investigation into the crash is ongoing.



Isaac Smith is a reporter covering Franklin, Perry and Saline counties.

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