• May 11, 2017

Howard Gast Injured in Earlville, IL, Truck Accident

Earlville, IL -- May 5, 2017, Howard Gast sustained injuries as the result of an accident in which his vehicle and an 18-wheeler collided.

Deputies from the La Salle County Sheriff's Department were called out to investigate the accident, which they say took place at around 9:20 a.m. on the south side of town.

Preliminary police reports indicate that 90-year-old Gast was driving a vehicle southbound when he came to the intersection of US Highway 34. He stopped at the stop sign before continuing onto the highway. This put him into the path of an oncoming 18-wheeler, which was unable to avoid him in time. The 18-wheeler hit Gast's vehicle before flipping onto its side and sliding to a halt.

Medical teams came out to the scene and transported Gast to OSF St. Paul Hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries. The truck driver was unharmed.

Police did not say what factors might have contributed to the this crash. Investigations are ongoing.

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