Multi-vehicle crash leaves two dead and authorities increasing patrol (With Photos)

By Beau Ebenezer

Multi-vehicle crash leaves two dead and authorities increasing patrol (With Photos)

January 15, 2013 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 1:33 AM CDT

PEORIA CO., Ill. -- Police responded to Highway 24 just outside Kingston Mines after 6 a.m. Tuesday.

"It appears the subject was across the center line which caused the head on collision," said Illinois State Police Master Sergeant Roy Sanchez.

Twenty-year-old Zachary Taylor of Cuba, Illinois was traveling Westbound on 24, when his pick-up truck crossed the center line, and hit an oncoming pick-up truck head on.

The driver of the oncoming truck was 59-year-old Alan Donald McLuckie, also from Cuba.

Officials say both were pronounced dead at the scene.

However, police say a high-impact accident on Highway 24 is not something out of the ordinary. Route 24 has been very prone to accidents in the past with a total of 66 accidents just last year.

The average since 2008 is 65 per year.

State police and County officials say they are doing everything they can to get those numbers down.

"With an allocation of resources that focuses more on U.S. Highways and the two-lane state highways, we are going to be focusing more of our enforcement activities in those areas because we have seen a trend of fatalities on the two-lane highways."

Tuesday's accident sent two others to a nearby hospital with injuries: Adam Jump, the passenger of Zachary Taylor and Lacretia Shaw who was the driver of a third vehicle that became involved.

The accident is still under investigation, but officials warn drivers to slow down and take precaution.

"People are traveling way too fast. I think you have a lot of side roads and what you are seeing is people coming off the side roads, looking one way, and turning the other way. You have people passing a lot too," said Peoria County Sheriff, Michael McCoy.

Autopsies for Taylor and McLuckie are scheduled for Wednesday.

Both drivers were unrestrained at the time of the crash.

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