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Accident injuries fatal to Morris woman

Second person reported in critical condition

Published: Monday, July 15, 2013 7:57 a.m. CST • Updated: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 8:30 a.m. CST

An accident that occurred at Lisbon and Nelson roads Saturday claimed the life of one Morris woman and has left a man in critical condition.

Lauren M. Elder, 28, was killed in a two-vehicle accident after the car she was a passenger in collided with another.

The accident occurred between 10 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. The car Elder was in was going east on Nelson and failed to stop at a stop sign at the Lisbon intersection. A pickup truck going north on Lisbon collided with the car, said Sheriff Kevin Callahan.

“It impacted on the passenger side and the female passenger was pronounced dead at the scene,” he said. The driver of the car was transported by helicopter to Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove and was in critical condition as of Monday, said Callahan.

A second helicopter was called, but was cancelled when Elder passed away, said Bob Wills, deputy chief of the Morris Fire Protection and Ambulance District. She was declared deceased at about 11:15 a.m., according to the coroner’s office.

“During extrication we lost one of them,” he said.

Extrication took about 30 minutes.

The driver of the pick-up truck was transported by ambulance to Morris Hospital with minor injuries, said

Wills. The Grundy County Sheriff’s Department and the Grundy County Coroner’s Office are handling the investigation. Morris fire was assisted by Minooka ambulance.

“My guys did their job and I’m proud of all of them,” said Wills.

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