Highway 50 crash kills two in Clay County

CLAY COUNTY — A Saturday afternoon crash on U.S. Highway 50 east of Flora near Heather Lane has claimed the lives of both drivers.

Illinois State Police reports indicate that 36-year-old Steven Hostettler of Clay City and 44-year-old Jimmie Vaughn, Junior of Flora were pronounced dead at the scene. Hotstettler was reportedly westbound on Highway 50 whenever he crossed over into the eastbound lane into the path of Vaughn. Vaughn was unable to avoid a head-on collision. Both units collided head on and came to rest in the eastbound lane.

An 8-year-old female passenger in Vaughn’s vehicle was injured and taken to Clay County Hospital in Flora for treatment. The crash was reported at 4:38 p.m.