Police Identify Airlifted Victims of Bluford UTV Crash

BLUDORD – The names of those airlifted from a UTV crash Sunday night in Bluford have been released.

According to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, 52-year-old Troy Yanez was driving the side-by-side with 39-year-old Candice Yanez and 46-year-old Shelly Taitt, all of Mt. Vernon, riding along as passengers.

All three were thrown from the vehicle as it flipped multiple times while traveling on Harmony Lane near the Hawk Road intersection. They were taken to the Outland Airport before being flown to a St. Louis area hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

The events leading up to the crash are being investigated by the Illinois State Police.

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