Just after 5 AM Saturday, the Greenville Police Department fielded a report of a wrong way driver on interstate 70. The driver was heading westbound in the eastbound lanes near the 34 mile marker, east of Highland.
The report was turned over to Illinois State Police who told WGEL the wrong-way driver came to a complete stop on the roadway. An oncoming eastbound van struck the stopped vehicle head-on. An ISP representative said the crash was very serious and Highland-Pierron Fire Department, Highland EMS, and Troy Fire Protection District EMS crews responded.
Highland Pierron Fire personnel report the passenger vehicle was fully engulfed in flames upon their arrival.
Full details have not yet been made available, but it is known a family was traveling in the van and a total of three people involved in the collision were transported to St. Louis hospitals.
State police told us, as of Sunday morning, the driver of the wrong-way vehicle was in critical but stable condition. One passenger in the van was in serious but stable condition and another suffered a broken ankle, but no one else involved was injured.
Police expect more information to be released soon.