A Bethalto woman is dead after a single-vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon on Illinois Route 16. About 5 miles west of Gillespie, a vehicle driven by 63-year-old Sandra Slezinger left the roadway and overturned, killing Slezinger, who was pronounced dead at the scene. The accident happened just west of Walker Road at a little after 12:30pm.
Slezinger's mother was a passenger in the car, according to an Illinois State Police spokesman. 83-year-old Thelma Branch of East Alton was airlifted by ARCH to St. Louis University Hospital. Her condition is unknown. The crash is still under investigation by the Illinois State Police Traffic Crash Reconstruction Unit.