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Champaign, Springfield, and Decatur, Illinois

Champaign is located 135 miles south of Chicago, 124 miles west of Indianapolis, Indiana, and 178 mi northeast of St. Louis, Missouri. The city was home to 84,513 people as of July 1, 2014. Champaign is the tenth-most populous city in Illinois, and the state's fourth-most populous city outside of the Chicago metropolitan area.Champaign offers the best of urban life in a friendly, smaller city. With a world class university and a vibrant downtown, Champaign offers arts, culture, and diversity.

Springfield, Illinois is the birthplace and burial place of Abraham Lincoln. Springfield is the capital of Illinois and the county seat of Sangamon County. The city's population of 116,250 as of the 2010 U.S. Census makes it the state's sixth most populous city. It is the largest city in central Illinois. As of 2013, the city's population was estimated to have increased to 117,006.

Decatur, Illinois is the largest city and the county seat of Macon County. The city was founded in 1829 and is located along the Sangamon River and Lake Decatur in Central Illinois. In 2015, the city's estimated population was 73,254. The city is home of private Millikin University and public Richland Community College. Decatur has vast industrial and agricultural processing production, including the North American headquarters of agricultural conglomerate Archer Daniels Midland, international agribusiness Tate & Lyle's largest corn-processing plant, and the designing and manufacturing facilities for Caterpillar Inc.'s wheel-tractor scrapers, off-highway trucks, and large mining trucks.

Links to recent accidents in the Champaign, Springfield, and Decatur area

Here is information on the most recent accidents in region:

Major Freeways

In Champaign, Interstate 57 (I-57) is an Interstate Highway in Missouri and Illinois that parallels the old Illinois Central rail line for much of its route. It goes from Sikeston, Missouri, at Interstate 55 to Chicago, Illinois, at Interstate 94. Interstate 72 (I-72) is an Interstate Highway with a western terminus in Hannibal, Missouri, at an intersection with U.S. Route 61; its eastern terminus is at Country Fair Drive in Champaign. The route runs through both Decatur and Springfield.

In Springfield, Interstate 55 runs from north to south past Springfield, while I-72, which is concurrent with US 36 from the Missouri state line to Decatur, runs from east to west. Springfield is also served by Amtrak passenger trains, which operate between Chicago and St. Louis and stop at the former Gulf, Mobile & Ohio station. Springfield is also served by Greyhound lines at a station on North Dirksen Parkway. Local mass transportation needs are met by a bus service. The Springfield Mass Transit District (SMTD) operates Springfield's bus system. The city also lies along historic Route 66.

In Decatur, Interstate 72, U.S. Route 51, U.S. Route 36, Illinois Route 48, Illinois Route 105, and Illinois Route 121 are key highway links for the area.

Information on the major hospitals in Champaign, Springfield, and Decatur:

Presence Comfort Medical Center - Champaign;

Carle Foundation Hospital - Champaign;

HSHS St. John's Hospital - Springfield;

Memorial Medical Center - Springfield;

Decatur Memorial Hospital - Decatur.

When someone is injured in an accident in Champaign, Springfield, or Decatur, it is important to gather information about what happens next.

Being injured in a serious accident is always a shocking and scary experience, and dealing with the aftermath is exhausting and stressful. Accident victims are forced to deal with hospitalization, medical treatments, missed work, and lost income, often while trying to manage pain and disability from their injuries. And then the insurance adjusters start circling. When an accident or injury is serious, people need legal assistance.

Where to find legal assistance after a Champaign, Springfield, or Decatur injury accident

After a serious crash, it is crucial to get help from a Champaign - Springfield - Decatur personal injury attorney who understands the local regulations and legal standards, who knows how insurance policies work when an injured person is out-of-network, and who can handle all aspects of an insurance claim so the injured person can focus on recovery. If someone is killed in a collision, a Champaign - Springfield - Decatur wrongful death lawyer will launch a claim that will begin the process of financial recovery for the family members left behind. Learn more here about what a Champaign - Springfield - Decatur accident attorney can do to help.

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Most recent accident reports

Charges are expected to be filed Monday for the driver accused of crashing into three people while allegedly driving drunk in a Walmart parking lot.
Thursday, June 4, 2015
Sixth Street

A couple from Kansas was killed in a fiery RV collision on Interstate 64 in southwestern Il

Monday, April 20, 2015
Interstate 64
On Thursday afternoon, Joseph E. Veech of Effingham was driving a silver 1999 Oldsmobile southeast on Route 33 when the vehicle crossed the center turn lane into oncoming traffic.
Thursday, April 16, 2015
Route 33
Type: Car Accident
A 21-year-old Decatur man identified as Blake Gilliam was pronounced dead at the scene of a single-vehicle crash at about 4:39 a.m.
Tuesday, April 7, 2015

One person was killed when an Amtrak passenger train collided with a pickup truck in Alton, Illinois, at around 9:30 Sunday morning. The controlled crossing includes gates, bells and warning lights.

Sunday, March 15, 2015
Alton, IL
An Eastern Illinois University student has died and another was injured in a pickup truck crash on Saturday.
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Interstate 57

A third teenager has died from injuries sustained in a two-vehicle crash in central Illinois on November 5.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Route 48

An accident involving an SUV and a train has killed four people in Vandalia, Illinois on Thursday.Witnesses said the crossing guards were down at Sixth and Main streets, but they didn’t block traffic from the road the fam

Thursday, October 30, 2014

A two-vehicle crash in Alorton, Illinois has injured two people, including a police officer. The accident, which involved a police car and another vehicle, occured late Wednesday, October 23 around 10:40 p.m.

Thursday, October 23, 2014
Bond Avenue

A 25-year-old New Athens man was pronounced dead at the scene of a single-vehicle accident early Sunday morning.

Sunday, September 14, 2014
Darmstadt Road

Authorities say Richard Thomas died of injuries from a crash where he was knocked off his bike and struck a car’s windshield before landing in the road.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Alexis D'Amico, of Grantfork, a junior at Highland High School, was killed in a single-vehicle crash. She was driving the 1994 Chevrolet Corvette at a high rate of speed at about 7:30 p.m.

A rural Mansfield man was pronounced dead at the scene of a helicopter crash that occurred Tuesday morning north of Mansfield.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014