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Illinois Couple Injured in Gibson Co. Accident

An Illinois couple was seriously injured Thursday afternoon when their mini-van slammed into the rear of a stopped semi-tractor trailer on US 41 northbound in Fort Branch.

The Gibson County Sheriff's Office says 87-year-old Leonard Knowles and his wife 87-year-old Doris of Mount Carmel, Illinois were extricated from their van and flown to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville.

The driver of the semi-tractor, who was from Ohio, was not injured.

WFIE-TV in Evansville reports Leonard Knowles told investigators he may have fallen asleep at the wheel.

The accident happened while the semi-tractor trailer was stopped due to clean-up of an earlier accident further up the highway near State Road 168.

Northbound US 41 was closed for about two-hours for the accident investigation and clean-up.