UPDATE - Washington Community High School Senior Austin Strong, 17, was life flighted to OSF St. Francis Medical Center Wednesday afternoon following a head-to-head collision on Rt. 24 near Deibel Rd.
Strong went into surgery immediately after landing Wednesday afternoon.
He went back into surgery Thursday around noon for brain injuries. Washington School Superintendent Dr. James Dunnan says he came out of surgery around 3:30 p.m. and is in recovery but still in critical condition. He was told by doctors that the surgery went exceptionally well.
Family members are asking only for prayers at this time.
UPDATE - The Tazewell County Sheriff's Department is currently handling the traffic crash on US Rt. 24 near Deibel Road. Rt. 24 will be closed from Deibel Road to Dee Mack Road for several hours while the crash is investigated. The Illinois State Police are assisting with traffic control.
BREAKING - Authorities are on the scene of accident on RT. 24 between Washington and Eureka. Two vehicles collided head on. One patient has been life flighted and another has just been pulled from the vehicle.