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Fog contributedto fatal accident

PAXTON — A Ford County coroner's jury ruled this week the Oct. 12 death of a Chatsworth woman near Elliott was accidental.

Phyllis A. Caughey, 66, was pronounced dead at 8:59 a.m. at Gibson Area Hospital, Gibson City, after her car was struck by two semitrailer rigs. Foggy conditions contributed to the wreck.

Caughey was southbound on County Road 1000 East, the Elliott blacktop, south of Elliott.

State trooper Bryan Benoit said Caughey stopped at the stop sign at Illinois Route 9 but, because of poor visibility, pulled into the path of an eastbound semi-tractor trailer driven by John P. Isringhausen, 44, of Hoopeston.

Caughey's car went into the ditch before coming back on the road and being struck by another semi, driven by Victor Brault, 44, Chilton.

Chief Deputy Coroner Chris Engelbrecht said neither semi driver was injured.

Hagens named asBroMenn's COO

NORMAL — Dr. Gary A. Hagens has been named chief operating officer for BroMenn Healthcare hospitals, BroMenn Chief Executive Officer Roger Hunt announced Friday.

Effective Jan. 1, Hagens will be responsible for day-to-day operations of BroMenn Regional Medical Center, Normal, and Eureka Community Hospital, Eureka.

Hagens joined BroMenn in October 2004 as vice president of medical affairs. He continues in that role of supporting the medical staff and directing key clinical functions.

"The care we provide depends upon the close collaboration and effective working relationships of our physicians, nurses and all hospital personnel," Hunt said in a prepared statement. "Gary will provide leadership and direction to assure BroMenn delivers the best possible quality outcomes and service for all our patients."

Hagens has experience in medical administration and was chief medical affairs officer at Dukes Memorial Hospital in Peru, Ind., before coming to BroMenn. He has worked as a consultant for physicians and hospitals and spent 13 years in academic and private practice.

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