A Carthage man was fatally injured in a one-vehicle crash that occurred at 2:35 p.m. on Saturday, July 14 on Route W, three miles east of Wheaton. The crash occurred when the driver of a 2000 GMC Sierra, Manuel Callejas, 54, of Carthage, traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck a fence and overturned. Callejas was pronounced dead. The driver and one passenger were ejected. Ashley Flores, 13, passenger, of Wheaton, suffered moderate injuries and was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital, Springfield. Martha Hernandez, 7, of Wheaton, suffered serious injuries and was airlifted to Mercy Hospital, Springfield.
The driver and occupants were not wearing seat belts.
This is troop D's 51st fatality for the year.