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Two youths suffer serious injuries in three-vehicle crash on U.S. 24 near Mount Sterling

By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
Posted: Oct. 12, 2017 10:15 pm Updated: Oct. 12, 2017 10:43 pm

MOUNT STERLING, Ill. -- A three-vehicle crash Thursday afternoon left two youths with serious injuries.

A news release from Illinois State Police District 10 said a 2001 Ford Mustang driven by a 16-year-old boy from Mount Sterling was traveling east on U.S. 24 and slowed to make a left turn onto County Road 910E. The release said a 2017 Freightliner semi-truck driven by Askhat Shermatov, 28, from Philadelphia, Pa., failed to reduce its speed and rear-ended the Mustang.

The Mustang was pushed into the opposite lanes of U.S. 24, where it was struck in the passenger side by a westbound 2002 Chevrolet S-10 truck driven by Brandon Gallaher, 37, of Mount Sterling, the State Police said.

The crash took place at 3:11 p.m.

The 16-year-old was taken by Brown County Ambulance to Blessing Hospital in Quincy. A passenger in the Mustang, a 12-year-old girl from Mount Sterling, was taken by Air Evac to Blessing.

Shermatov was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

The State Police was assisted by the Brown County Sheriff's Department, the Mount Sterling Police Department, Brown County Ambulance, Mount Sterling Fire and Rescue, and Air Evac.

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