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Police seek driver who fled Plank pileup

Published: Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 9:48 a.m. CDT • Updated: Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014 10:19 p.m. CDT

SYCAMORE – Icy road conditions caused a multi-vehicle crash in which one person was injured and one driver fled the scene early Saturday morning on Plank Road near Devine Way, DeKalb County Sheriff’s Police said.

According to a report from the Sheriff’s office, the trouble started around 6 a.m. when a gold semi-truck traveling east on Plank lost control and left the road. The truck knocked over several trees and the trailer jack-knifed, blocking the road.

Police said Debra A. Terpin, 53, of Sycamore, was driving behind the semi-truck in a Chevrolet Malibu and swerved off the roadway to her right to avoid hitting the truck trailer. However, her vehicle was then rear-ended by a red Ford pickup. The driver of the pickup left the scene before police arrived, according to the report.

Terpin was taken to Kishwaukee Community Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, police said. The driver of the semi-truck, Zachary C. Teer, 29, of Union, was uninjured, as was a passenger in the semi-truck.

Several other vehicles also went off the road in the area because of the icy conditions Saturday morning, police said, but no other vehicles were damaged.

Police are still investigating the incident.

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