Fatal crash closes Rt. 37 for hours Thursday

JEFFERSON COUNTY — One person was killed in a two-vehicle crash around 4 p.m. Thursday afternoon on Illinois Route 37 in Jefferson County.

According to the Jefferson County Fire Protection District, a tow truck and SUV collided head-on on Route 37 just south of Goshen Meadows Road north of Mt. Vernon.

The driver of the SUV was pronounced dead at the scene and had to be extricated by firefighters. The tow truck driver was uninjured.

The tow truck was not pulling a vehicle at the time of the crash. The names of those involved have not been released.

Route 37 was closed to traffic for about three-and-a-half hours as officials responded to the crash.