Update at 5:46 p.m. on 7/12/2022

Illinois State Troopers have announced that the driver of the Kia Optima involved in Tuesday’s crash in Assumption has died. The driver was a 16-year-old male from Assumption and was a student at Central A&M High School.

There were three passengers in the Optima, all males: a 15-year-old from Assumption, a 15-year-old from Tower Hill and a 14-year-old from Assumption. The 15-year-olds and suffered life-threatening injuries and were airlifted from the scene. The 14-year-old and was taken from the scene by ambulance with serious injuries.

Troopers said their preliminary investigation indicated that the Optima was stopped at the stop sign on eastbound Leafland while a commercial motor vehicle was traveling southbound on Route 51. For unknown reasons, the Optima entered the intersection and was hit by the CMV.

ASSUMPTION, Ill. (WCIA) — State Police said three people were airlifted and another taken by ambulance after a crash early Tuesday morning.

In a news release, troopers stated it happened around 6:30 a.m. on US Route 51 at Leafland Street in Assumption. There were two vehicles involved in this crash: a Kia Optima and a commercial motor vehicle.

The three people airlifted had life-threatening injuries. Additionally, the person taken by ambulance had serious injuries, according to troopers.

All four of the people hurt in this crash are students of Central A&M High School in Moweaqua. Counselors and minsters are at the school offering support to students and families.

Investigators are currently looking into the cause of the crash.