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One Person Dead, Two Airlifted to Hospital In Serious Condition After Carmi Crash

An 18-year-old male is dead and two people are in the hospital in serious condition after a crash just after midnight in Carmi, IL.

Posted: Jul 31, 2021 10:03 AM
Updated: Jul 31, 2021 3:04 PM

The Illinois State Police are investigating a fatal crash that happened at Illinois Route 1 at County Road 400 E, White County
 just after midnight on July 31st. 

An 18-year-old male from Norris City, IL is now dead while 48-year-old Brian W. Dartt and 48-year-old Melissa R. Talley, both of Carmi, are in the hospital in serious condition.

According to ISP, Dartt was traveling northbound on Illinois Route 1 near County Road 400 East in White County in a 2002 Red Dodge Pickup with Talley as a passenger in his car.

The 18-year-old, in a 2012 Blue Hyundai Sonata, was traveling southbound on Illinois Route 1 approaching them.

"For unknown reason, [Dartt] crossed into the southbound lane and struck [him] head on," the ISP release stated.

The 18-year-old was pronounced deceased on scene by the White County Coroner.

Both Dartt and Talley were airlifted to the hospital.

The investigation is still ongoing.

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