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Shawneetown Woman Dies in New Year’s Day Crash on Highway 141 in White County

Illinois State Police have released information on a deadly crash that happened on New Year’s Day along Highway 141 near Epworth Road in White County.  Officials say 47 year old Keely D. Wright of Shawneetown was pronounced dead on scene of the accident just before a quarter after 3pm on Saturday.  A 12 year old female was also in the car at the time of the accident and was taken to an area hospital with serious injuries.  The preliminary investigation has led authorities to believe Wright was attempting to pass another vehicle when her auto hit standing water and hydroplaned, eventually leaving the south side of the roadway and traveled down an embankment before striking a tree.

  1. Mike Mougakos
    Mike Mougakos
    January 4, 2022 at 3:01 pm

    Someone should sue the State for the condition of that road between New Haven and the Wabash River.

    • Michelle
      January 5, 2022 at 1:08 am

      Totally agree! They need to widen the road and take out some trees . I drive this road weekly and it’s terrible !

  2. mary
    January 4, 2022 at 5:43 pm

    i agree the state can fix at other roads but this one is very dangerous…i hate traveling it even on the rides great nephew got killed on the bridge a while back…prayers sent to the families ….we heard this on the scanner

  3. Bryan
    January 5, 2022 at 2:03 pm

    Why is there not guard rails along this part of the road ?

  4. Joyce
    January 6, 2022 at 10:13 am

    How many people will loose their lives on this road before the State will put up guard rails from the bridge to Nrw Haven!

  5. Ben Dover
    Ben Dover
    January 28, 2022 at 10:29 am

    It looks like she died due to driving like an idiot

    • George Patton
      George Patton
      March 1, 2022 at 1:48 pm


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