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Route 47 shut down Monday evening because of accident

Published: Tuesday, July 8, 2014 9:12 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, July 8, 2014 9:13 p.m. CDT

MORRIS – A 92-year-old Dwight woman was driving south on Route 47 on Monday afternoon when she crossed into oncoming traffic and hit a semitrailer.

The accident occurred just before 5 p.m. on Route 47 between Dupont Road and Route 113, and caused traffic to be rerouted off Route 47 for about an hour, Grundy County Sheriff Kevin Callahan said Tuesday.

After the Dwight woman hit the semitrailer, she spun back into traffic where a dual-wheeled pickup truck collided with her, driving over the passenger side of the car she was driving, Callahan said.

In trying to avoid her, the driver of the pickup truck hit a disabled dump truck that was pulled off on the shoulder of the highway.

“Witnesses stated she had been driving erratically since she went over the Illinois River bridge, but no one called it in,” Callahan said. “If people see any erratic driving they should use their cellphone to call 911 immediately.”

He said police could have attempted to stop her or at least get traffic out of her way if there was a medical reason she couldn’t stop.

The reason the woman was driving erratically is not yet known.

The driver of the pickup and the 92-year-old woman were taken by ambulance to Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers.

Morris Fire Protection & Ambulance District Chief Tracey Steffes said the injuries were not life-threatening.

Callahan received word that the woman was transferred to Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, where she was being treated for injuries. She was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

No tickets had been issued as of Tuesday morning.

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