ALTON, Ill. (AP) - A southwestern Illinois motorist is accused of being impaired when he allegedly hit and killed a bicyclist in the Mississippi River city of Alton.
Prosecutors in Madison County on Monday charged 51-year-old Allen Cordes of Alton with two counts of aggravated driving under the influence causing death.
Authorities allege that Cordes was drunk and high on marijuana last Saturday night when the van he was driving hit 50-year-old Alton cyclist James Stewart. Stewart died at the scene.
Online court records don't show whether Cordes has an attorney. He does not have a listed home telephone number.
Cordes was jailed Tuesday on $75,000 bond.
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a tour bus has crashed near Yosemite National Park and 16 people are hurt, but their injuries aren't serious.
The California Highway Patrol says the bus was about 40 miles south of the park when the accident occurred around 6 p.m. Saturday.
The patrol's Merced dispatch office described it as a minor injury crash, and said the 16 people were taken to local hospitals.
The office says that the bus was carrying 17 people, including a driver, when it went off the road and over and embankment near local road 630.
No more information was immediately available.
A Waterloo man is critically injured after falling about 50 feet as he reportedly fled from a crash.
The single-car accident happened around 8:30 Monday evening along Interstate 255 just west of Illinois Route 3.
Illinois State Police have identified the driver as 21 year old Thomas Falk.
Witnesses told police that Falk appeared to have a head injury when he got out of his car. Police say Falk argued with someone who had reported the crash to police, then jumped over a guardrail and fell to the railroad tracks below.
Falk was taken to St. Louis University Hospital by Arch helicopter. His condition is reported to be very critical.
Two people are recovering from injuries after a tractor-trailer accident in Madison County. It happened just after 8:00 Friday morning.
Police say the semi had been eastbound on I-270 when it left the road just east of the Canal Bridge. The big rig broke through a barrier and rolled down to a construction road where it overturned.
EMS crews treated two people at the scene, including the truck driver.
It's not clear why the driver lost control of the semi or who the other injured person is.
A Jennings woman is in serious but stable condition after she crashed her car into a north city apartment building Thursday night. It happened just before midnight at Martin Luther King and Burd.
The crash punched a hole in the Arlington Grove Jeffery L. Boyd building. Crews spent most of Friday morning cleaning up the mess.
St.Louis police say the 33 year old woman had been speeding, blowing through two stop signs along Dr. King, before swerving to avoid a stopped car. That's when she lost control, hit two stop signs, a light pole and a metal trash can before crashing into the building.
Police say no one inside the building was hurt.
A woman was trapped after her vehicle became lodged underneath the trailer of a semi-truck during a wreck in north St. Louis Monday morning.
Police say the woman was driving a red sedan on Riverview Dr. near Scranton Ave. when it got crashed sideways under the truck around 7 a.m.
The victim was rescued from her vehicle around 7:45 a.m. and emergency workers say she was in stable condition.
SUNSET HILLS, Mo. (AP) — The staff at a Goodwill store in St. Louis County has tracked down a couple who accidentally dropped off $5,000 in cash.
KSDK-TV reports the money turned up among bags of donations left in mid-March at the MERS/Goodwill store in Sunset Hills.
An employee found the money and reported it to supervisors, who reviewed surveillance video to narrow down the possible donors.
They turned out to be a couple from Affton who donated six trash bags of items on March 13th. The woman's 96-year-old father had recently passed away, and she didn't notice the cash among the clothing and other items bagged up for donation.
The accidental donors now have their money back.
The search continues for a hit-and-run driver Wednesday afternoon.
Fox 2 reports the driver hit two people near the intersection of West Florissant and Pope. The victims were taken to the hospital in unknown condition. No description of the suspect's vehicle has been released.
Illinois State Police say 55 year old Mickey Clayton was killed when propane truck he was driving rear-ended a coal truck and caught fire. The accident happened about 2:30 p.m. along County Line Road near Blackstump Road, just east of Steelville.
Firefighters had begun to put the fire out when a propane leak sent them ducking for cover. Moments later, an explosion sent a fireball more than 100 feet into the air. It took about 40 firefighters another hour to get the fire out.
The driver of the coal truck wasn't hurt.
The cause of the crash is still being investigated.
Several vehicles were involved in an accident and emergency crews shut down all westbound lanes.
Police are turning around drivers waiting in the westbound lanes and directing them to exit at Kingshighway.