According to RantoulPress.com, a woman from Rantoul died and her three children were hurt when a pickup collided with the woman’s vehicle.
The accident happened alongside US 45 south of Leverett Road at approximately 6:00 AM on Thursday.
The Illinois State Police said the dead woman was Shana Outlaw, 23, of Leverett. At the time she was on foot near the vehicle in the right hand lane of US 40, apparently tending to a mechanical problem.
Outlaw’s Pontaic was subsequently rammed from behind by a Dodge pickup truck.
The ISP report that the impact moved Outlaw’s vehicle off the highway and caused it to overturn into a ditch. The pickup rolled over and came to final rest in the left hand lane.
Authorities say it is not known if Outlaw was hit by the truck after it smashed into her car of if that car hit Outlaw after the truck collided with it.
She was received by Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana where she died from her wounds.
Outlaw leaves behind three children. They are 6, 4, and eight months, respectively. They suffered injuries not considered life-threatening but which did require transporting to a hospital.
The pickup truck drive, who was not identified in the Rantoul Press news report, was ticketed for failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident. His injuries, if any, are not known at this time.
We will have more information on this accident as it becomes available.
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