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3 dead in Woodford County crash involving ambulance

3 dead in Woodford County crash involving ambulance


BENSON — Police say three people are dead after a Woodford County crash between a vehicle and an ambulance. 

Illinois State Police released a statement early Saturday, indicating the crash occurred at about 1:57 a.m. on Illinois Route 116 and County Road 2400 East, just a few miles east of Benson in Woodford County.

Killed in the crash were Morgan Ryder, 20, of Gridley who was driving the vehicle, as well as a 19-year-old Jared Seggerman of Minonk and Seth Unruh, 19, of Pattonsburg, who were both passengers.

Police said Ryder's vehicle was traveling southbound on County Road 2400 East, approaching Illinois Route 116, when it drove into the path of the ambulance that was traveling westbound on the highway. The ambulance struck the vehicle on its driver's side.

A third passenger in the car, a 21-year-old Minonk man, was taken to an area hospital with serious injuries. 

The ambulance driver, a 42-year-old man from LaSalle, was also taken to a hospital, along with the patient being transported, a 78-year-old woman from Ottawa. Their conditions are not known. A 25-year-old Earlville woman was also in the ambulance, but was not injured.

The roadway was closed for about six hours, but was re-opened at about 8 a.m.

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Contact Kevin Barlow at (309) 820-3238. Follow him on Twitter: @pg_barlow


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