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The Daily American - West Frankfort, IL
  • Driver killed in two-car crash on Rend Lake Dam Road

  • FRANKLIN COUNTY --- A two-car crash that occurred at 6:13 p.m. Sunday on the east end of the Rend Lake Dam claimed the life of Craig A. Payne, 41 of Bonnie.


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  • A two-car crash that occurred at 6:13 p.m. Sunday on the east end of the Rend Lake Dam claimed the life of Craig A. Payne, 41 of Bonnie.
    A 2011 Chevrolet Cruze driven by Tabatha S. Weeks, 31, of rural Benton collided with Payne's 2010 Dodge Caravan. Payne's wife, Marla, 37, a son William, 15, a son Pierce, 9, a daughter Deloris, 12, and another daughter Jodi Ann, 6, all of Bonnie sustained injuries.
    Payne was pronounced as deceased in the Franklin Hospital.
    Pierce was air-lifted to Cardinal Glennon Hospital in St. Louis.
    Abbott EMS transported the remaining injured to the Franklin Hospital emergency room.
    Weeks was transported to Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.
    The crash remains under investigation.
    Franklin County Sheriff Don Jones said alcohol may have been a contributing factor.
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