Three-vehicle accident with injuries

Cathy Decker/Staff reporter

J. Michael Sponsler, Aledo chief of police, reported that on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at around 3:08 p.m. the Aledo Police Department responded to the 400 block of S.E. 3rd Street (IL. Rt. # 17) for a three-vehicle accident with injuries.

The street was blocked and traffic diverted while the accident scene was cleared. The first vehicle driven by Shonni Dickey of Joy, 18, was stopped in traffic and she was struck from the rear by the second vehicle driven by Preston Smith of Aledo, 18. His vehicle was struck in the rear by the third vehicle driven by Andrew Christie of Joy, 17.

The second vehicle driven by Smith sustained heavy damage and had to be towed from the scene. One person was transported to the Mercer County Hospital by AMT ambulance to be evaluated for their injuries. Christie was issued a traffic ticket for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and given a court date.

The Mercer County sheriff's department assisted at the scene.