OAKWOOD — A mother and son are dead and two others injured following a fiery two-vehicle collision in Thursday night in western Vermilion County.
Illinois State Police said two vehicles were involved in a crash on eastbound Interstate 74 near Oakwood.
Vermilion County Coroner Jane McFadden said Monique Stanciel, 32, and her son, Simir, 7, of Danville, were killed in the accident. Autopsies were scheduled for Friday.
They were passengers in a Buick sedan driven by Nathaniel Thompson, 37, of Chicago that was stopped about 7:30 p.m. in the left lane of traffic near Oakwood because of a flat tire.
A Dodge pickup truck driven by Andrew Pilkington, 37, of Cayuga, Ind., hit the rear end of the Buick, and both vehicles caught fire.
Thompson and Pilkington were both taken to area hospitals with undisclosed injuries.
Police said Pilkington was given tickets for operating an uninsured motor vehicle and having a suspended registration. Thompson was issued citations for operating an uninsured motor vehicle and stopping where prohibited.
Police shut down the eastbound part of the interstate for about six hours as they investigated the crash.