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Picture This: An Unexpected Sight

Published: Monday, May 26, 2014 10:45 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, May 28, 2014 6:52 a.m. CDT
(Danielle Guerra –
An unbroken egg, spray painted by authorities during the investigation of a crash May 20 near Genoa, sits at the front passenger tire of a 2009 Toyota Prius driven by Russel Runge. Although the driver's side door was cut open and removed by Genoa-Kingston firefighters to pull Runge out of the vehicle, the egg somehow was not distrurbed during the impact with the semitrailer or the aftermath. A helicopter airlifted Runge, who suffered a cut to his head, to OSF St. Anthony's Medical Center in Rockford. Runge was charged with driving under the influence and improper lane use.

Breaking news scenes are usually chaotic, especially crash scenes with multiple injuries.

When I covered a crash involving a car and a semitrailer May 20, the scene was no different. I stayed out of the way while authorities did their jobs: The Genoa-Kingston firefighters already were finished with cutting driver Russel Runge from his car when I had arrived at the intersection of Route 23 and Melms Road near Genoa.

I saw and documented the end of their efforts, including wheeling Runge, 69, of 15200 Melms Road near Genoa, to the helicopter waiting to take him to OSF St. Anthony’s Medical Center in Rockford. An ambulance already had taken the semitruck driver, Carl Porter, 52, of Henderson, Nevada, to Kishwaukee Hospital in DeKalb.

The 2009 Toyota Prius that Runge had been driving was pretty well shredded. The driver-side door had be cut off, the windshield shattered, and the contents of the car were strewn about on Route 23.

While I was waiting for authorities to be able to give me information, I noticed an empty egg carton among the mess on the pavement. I walked around to the front of the car and saw a lone white egg, unbroken next to the passenger-side wheel of the car. I can’t fathom how this egg wasn’t cracked during this crash, so I took a photo to prove it.

• Picture This is an occasional column showcasing photographs by Daily Chronicle photographers. You can reach Photo Editor Danielle Guerra at or 815-756-4841, ext. 2265.

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