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Teen’s injuries from Friday accident ‘non-life threatening’

Driver, 16, crossed center line into path of semi

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012 4:51 p.m. CDT

A 16-year-old Kinsman boy is still in the hospital after being ejected from his vehicle during a traffic accident Friday, Dec. 7.

The boy’s injuries are non-life threatening, but he is still being treated, according to the Grundy County Sheriff’s Department.

According to the accident report released by the sheriff’s department Wednesday, the teenager was driving a pickup truck north on Illinois 47, near Dupont Road, around 3:40 p.m. Friday, when he abruptly crossed over into oncoming traffic. A semi-truck driver did not have time to avoid him and the vehicles collided.

According to the semi-truck driver, as stated in the police report, the front of his truck hit the passenger side of the pickup truck.

When the sheriff’s deputy arrived on scene, the pickup truck was in the west ditch, with the teenage driver lying on the hood with “severe bleeding on his face.” The report said the boy appeared to have been ejected from the truck through the windshield.

The bed of the pick-up truck was separated and in the middle of the road.

The semi-truck was stopped in the southbound lane, just north of Dupont.

The teenager was transported to Morris Hospital and the semi-truck driver was uninjured.

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