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Gallatin County accident sends Eldorado man and child to hospital

Illinois State Police District 19 troopers responded to a traffic crash Friday afternoon that sent two Eldorado residents to the hospital.

According to the preliminary crash report, 39 year old Joseph Epplin was driving west on Illinois 13 west of Walnut Lane in Gallatin County when he became distracted by the 6 year old passenger in the back seat, crossed the center line, and struck a semi.

Epplin and the six year old were both transported to a hospital by private vehicle for non-life threatening injuries.

Epplin has been charged in the crash for improper lane usage, operation of an uninsured motor vehicle, and illegal transportation of alcohol.