A 21-year-old Fairfield man has drowned at Forbes State Park near Omega. Marion County Coroner Troy Cannon says Damon Garrison was swimming with friends in the beach area of the lake around two Thursday afternoon when he became exhausted and went under. His friends tried to help him, but they were unable to keep him from going underwater. Garrison was found in about 12 feet of water in the middle of the swimming area where he went under. He was located by State Conservation officials with the use of a boat.
More than 4 1/2 inches of rain fell across the region early this morning, causing significant flooding of rural roads. More rain is in the forecast through Saturday night.
The Illinois House Thursday night overwhelmingly approved legislation regulating the use of high volume, high pressure hydraulic fracturing in Illinois. The bill now goes to the Senate for their approval. Gov. Pat Quinn says he will sign the legislation. Millions have already been spent leasing land across Southern Illinois for the development of the New Albany Shale formation.
Two Evansville residents were injured Thursday night when the Toyota Camry they were driving crossed the center line of U.S. Rt. 45 in Enfield and hit a semi. Richard and Linda Crane of Evansville were taken to the hospital in McLeansboro following the 10:31 p.m. crash. The truck driver, Thomas Maramba of McLeansboro was not hurt.
63-year-old William Trusell of Carthage, NC was injured Thursday morning when the semi he was driving ran off the I-64 exit ramp at Grayville and overturned. Trusell was taken to Fairfield Memorial Hospital following the 6:25 a.m. crash.
Elastec American Marine is hosting an Oil Spill Equipment Exercise this week for oil industry clients from five countries. Major oil and pipeline companies from Canada, Nigeria, Norway, Brazil and the United State are touring Elastec facilities in Carmi and Fairfield as well as participating in spill recovery exercises.
A cookout has been planned for Monday on the front lawn of Fairfield Memorial Hospital to benefit the victims of the recent Moore OK tornado. Serving of BBQ will begin at 10 a.m. Three hospital employees will deliver the proceeds from the cookout to Moore, OK next Thursday, June 6.