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Williamson County

Motorcycle driver ejected in crash airlifted from Herrin Walmart parking lot

ambulance injury file

An individual thrown from a motorcycle in a crash with a vehicle near the Herrin Walmart was airlifted to a regional hospital, Illinois State Police reported.

The condition of the motorcycle driver is unknown at this time, and was not identified in the ISP release sent to media on Tuesday afternoon, pending identification. ISP spokesman Christopher Watson said the motorcycle driver’s name will be released on Wednesday.

The motorcycle driver was not wearing a helmet, the release stated. 

Police said the driver of a Hyundai Sonata, Debra Johnson, 46, of Herrin, struck the motorcycle on Illinois 148 at the north Herrin Walmart parking lot entrance in Williamson County.

ISP said in a release that the accident occurred as Johnson was pulling out of the north Herrin Parking lot entrance onto northbound Illinois 148. As she entered the southbound lanes, her vehicle entered the path of the motorcycle, and the motorcycle struck the left corner of the car, ejecting the driver. Johnson was charged with failure to yield turning left.

The rider was flown directly from the scene via air ambulance, ISP reported. Illinois 148 was closed for about 45 minutes to safely land the helicopter, and then reopened. The car and motorcycle were towed from the scene.

molly.parker@thesouthern.com

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