Two injured in Route 51 accident

Both drivers involved in an accident on U.S. Route 51 near Vernon early last Saturday morning were airlifted to St. Louis hospitals.

According to the Illinois State Police, a 2008 Nissan Sentra driven by Kevin W. Donnals, 31, of Farina, was northbound on Route 51 when he crossed into the southbound lane and collided with a 2007 Ford propane tanker truck driven by a 58-year-old Vandalia male. His name was not released by the state police.

The Patoka and Vandalia fire departments were called to extricate Donnals from his vehicle.

Donnals was ticketed by the state police for improper lane usage.

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