Drivers hospitalized after accident on 161 near Centralia

CENTRALIA — A two-vehicle accident on Illinois Highway 161 east of Centralia left the drivers hospitalized on Monday. Illinois State Police Reports indicate that at 10:00 AM 58-year-old Jane M. Baldridge of Salem was traveling westbound on Highway 161 one mile east of Centralia whenever she was struck by a truck driven by 51-year-old Kenneth R. Helm of Iuka. Helm had attempted a left-hand turn into a private parking lot. Both Baldridge and Helm were transported to SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia. A passenger in Helms’s vehicle, 72-year-old Larry E. Albert of Iuka was uninjured.