The Labor Day weekend was marred locally with a 2-car crash that claimed the lives of three people. All three suffered fatal injuries in the Saturday afternoon crash at the Iroquois/Kankakee county line on U.S. Route 45/52. The crash occurred a few minutes before 5 o’clock about two miles east of Chebanse at Iroquois County Road 3400.
Iroquois County Coroner Bill Cheatum said one of the drivers, 54-year-old Sheila L. Brooks of Decatur was pronounced dead at the scene. Two others in a second car involved, 62-year-old Doris Bloomfield of Muncie, (IL) and her passenger, 69-year-old Naomi Livingston of Kankakee were taken to Kankakee hospitals where they died from their injuries. Cheatum said Bloomfield and Livingston were sisters.
Illinois State Police reports showed Brooks was eastbound on 3400N Road (8000S Road in Kankakee County) and failed to stop at the stop sign. Her car was struck broadside by the southbound car driven by Bloomfield. Brooks was ejected from her car.
Cheatum said toxicology results are pending. Autopsies were completed Sunday.