Manhattan, IL – A devastating head-on collision on Thursday morning involving a semi-truck and a car on Cedar Road at Wilmington-Peotone Road in Manhattan, IL, resulted in heavy entrapment and one confirmed fatality.
Manhattan Fire personnel were on the scene and reported heavy damage to both vehicles, requiring heavy extrication. A 65-year-old woman driving the 2017 Ford Hatchback was pronounced dead by the Will County Coroner’s office at 10:15 a.m. The coroner’s office will release the name of the deceased after next of kin notification.
The driver of the semi-truck was uninjured and refused medical treatment. Initial reports indicate that the 2017 Ford Hatchback was traveling southbound on Cedar Road and failed to stop or yield to oncoming traffic on Wilmington-Peotone Road. The semi-truck, which was traveling westbound, was unable to avoid the 2017 Ford Hatchback and struck it on the driver’s side.
The intersection was closed to through traffic while the Sheriff’s Office Traffic Investigators reconstructed the accident.
The roadway was expected to reopen sometime around 2pm.