Fatal Accident In Macoupin County


Illinois State Police out of District 18 are investigating a fatal single vehicle crash that occurred on IL Rt. 16 just west of Walker Road in Macoupin County Tuesday afternoon.

According to police, Sandra Slezinger, age 63, of Bethalto, was traveling westbound at 12:37 p.m. Tuesday when her vehicle left the roadway to the right. Slezinger over-corrected back onto the roadway losing control of the vehicle then traveled across the eastbound lanes and left the roadway to the left. The vehicle hit the embankment where it proceeded to roll over. Slezinger was pronounced deceased on scene.

A passenger in the vehicle, 83 year old Thelma Branch, of East Alton, was airlifted by Arch to St. Louis University Hospital.

Other agencies on scene were Bunker Hill Fire and Ambulance, Shipman Fire Department, Macoupin County Sheriff’s Department and IDOT. IL-16 was shut down for approximately 3 hours.

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