Five vehicles, minor injuries in Illinois Route 64 accident


LINDENWOOD — On Sept. 1 at 7:24 a.m. Ogle County deputies, Illinois State Police, Rochelle and Lynn Scott Rock Fire Departments responded to a multiple vehicle accident at Illinois Route 64 and Lynnville Road.

After brief investigation, it was discovered that Brandi Casey, 35, of Esmond, was traveling westbound on Illinois Route 64 in a Ford SUV when she slowed down to turn south onto Lynnville Road. Seretha Hollingsworth, 48, of Sycamore, was directly behind Casey in a Chevy Malibu and slowed down to allow the turn.

Behind Hollingsworth was Ryan Scott, 35, of Sycamore, driving a Ford SUV. Scott failed to reduce speed and struck the back of Hollingsworth's Malibu, which then struck Casey's Ford SUV.

After the collision, Hollingsworth's vehicle rolled into the eastbound lane and struck a semi-truck driven by Sergio Sanchez, 45, of Elgin.  Sanchez observed and anticipated the collision allowing him to slow down to nearly a complete stop. Mary Criscione, 55, of Byron, was also traveling westbound in a Buick sedan behind Scott's vehicle and traveled into the north ditch to avoid the accident.

Two vehicles received disabling damage and were removed by Ron's Towing. Medical personnel examined and released all parties involved on scene for suspected minor injuries. Scott was cited for electronic communications device and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.