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Mother injured in head-on crash

Pulls into semi's path while trying to pass

Published: Monday, Sept. 23, 2013 2:43 p.m. CDT
(Todd Sherman Photo)
Sgt. Paul Clampitt of the Grundy County Sheriff's Department surveys the debris-strewn scene of a head-on collision between an oversized semi and an SUV that required the woman who was driving the SUV to be airlifted from the scene and also sent two children to the hospital.

SENECA — After an SUV-vs.-semi-truck accident Saturday morning in Seneca, a Minooka mother was flown by helicopter to Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove.

At about 8:45 a.m. Saturday, a woman driving an SUV with her 3- and 4-year-old children in the back was heading into Seneca on U.S. 6, near Bluff Road.

She attempted to pass a vehicle in front of her on Holderman's Hill, said Seneca Police Chief Ray Meglan. About midway up the hill, where it is a no-passing zone, she tried again and pulled out in front of a semi truck, said Meglan.

"Witnesses said the semi attempted to get out of the way, but there was a guardrail," he said.

The driver of the SUV was trapped in the vehicle and, once removed, was flown to Good Samaritan, said the chief. The investigation is still pending, but it appears she did not have her seatbelt on.

The woman's children were treated and released from Morris Hospital, as was the driver of the semi.

"The last I heard, she woke up, opened her eyes, and was responding to questions," said Meglan of the injuried woman. The woman could not yet talk, however, he said.

Traffic was closed on that portion of U.S. 6 from about 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday due to the amount of clean up that was necessary.

The investigation is still pending and Meglan said he could not comment yet on whether any citations will be issued.

Seneca police were assisted by the Grundy County Sheriff's Department, Districts 5, 17 and 21 of the Illinois State Police, and the Illinois Department of Transportation.

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