By Neil Doyle
PONTIAC – A child is in critical condition and a woman has been hospitalized after an SUV drove off I-55 into the Vermilion River near Pontiac.
Illinois State Police said initial reports indicate the car left the roadway Monday at 12:47 p.m. near mile marker 198 for unknown reasons and entered the river.
ISP said the child and woman were rescued and transported to area hospitals. Our news partner WMBD-TV reports the child is in critical condition and is being treated at OSF HealthCare Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
A source familiar with the situation said there were no fatalities.
Southbound lanes of I-55 were closed between exits 201 and 197 and rerouted to Route 66.
ISP are investigating the accident.
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