An Alton woman is being treated at Barnes-Jewish Hospital after a Friday morning accident along Highway 140. 34-year-old Jennifer Whitehead of the 8,100 block of Wolf Road apparently lost control of her minivan and rolled it into a large drainage ditch near the former entrance to the Mississippi Lime Quarry along Route 140.
To do so, she had to drive up and over a guardrail at the edge of the roadway, as she was heading eastbound at about 9:00am. Officials say she suffered a serious head injury, but was conscious when they pulled her from the wreckage. After being transported to Alton Memorial initially, she was airlifted to St. Louis for surgery. In addition to the head injury, she also suffered a number of broken bones. An Alton Police spokesman says she was not wearing a seatbelt.