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Motorist hospitalized after car, truck collide on icy highway

First responders attend to a St. Louis driver who was injured in a head-on collision with a Mack truck tractor on Thursday on Ill. 57 about 2 miles south of Marblehead. Ingbert R. Schmidt was taken to Blessing Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries. | H-W Photo/Katelyn Metzger
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Feb. 7, 2019 5:05 pm Updated: Feb. 7, 2019 5:28 pm

MARBLEHEAD, Ill. -- A St. Louis motorist was injured in a head-on collision at 12:18 p.m. Thursday along Ill. 57 about 2 miles south of Marblehead in Adams County.

Illinois State Police said Ingbert R. Schmidt, 39, was driving a 2012 Ford Taurus north on Ill. 57 when he passed two vehicles on the left before returning to the northbound lane. The car then went out of control on the ice-covered highway, ran off the right side of the road, returned to the highway and then slid into the southbound lane and collided with a southbound 2014 Mack truck tractor pulling a semitrailer.

The car went off the west side of the road and down an embankment, coming to rest in a field.

Schmidt was taken to Blessing Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries. The driver of the truck -- Michael Henry, 62, of Swansea -- reportedly was not injured.

Police say both drivers were wearing seat belts.

Schmidt was issued a citation for driving too fast for conditions.

Assisting at the scene were the Adams County Sheriff's Department, the Adams County Ambulance Service and Fall Creek Fire and Rescue.

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