A Shelbyville woman was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries on Friday after her vehicle crossed the centerline on Route 16 and struck two oncoming vehicles, according to Illinois State Police.

The accident happened at about 8:30 p.m., nearly half a mile east of Shelby County Road 2550E, when a 2004 Buick LeSabre driven westbound by Catharine Hale, 58, of Shelbyville, entered the eastbound lane.

The LeSabre struck the front driver's side of an eastbound 2006 Dodge Caravan driven by Terry A. Prasun, 60, of Windsor, police said.

Also eastbound, behind Prasun, was a 2003 Toyota Sequoia driven by Scott R. Pals, 53, of Effingham. After striking the Caravan, Hale struck the front of the Sequoia, according to police. Hale was cited for improper lane usage.

Hale was transported to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries, and Pals and his passenger, Kelly R. Pals, 51, of Effingham, were transported with serious, but not life-threatening injuries, authorities said.

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