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Woman hurt in crash on Fairview Drive

Published: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 10:01 p.m. CDT

DeKALB – A 67-year-old woman was taken to Kishwaukee Hospital for injuries that were not life-threatening Tuesday after police said a semitrailer driver making an illegal U-turn struck her vehicle.

Around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sean Cox, 29, of the 500 block of 28th Street, Rockford, was driving a semitrailer east on Fairview Drive in DeKalb from Nestle Distribution Center, DeKalb police Commander John Petragallo said.

Cox realized he had forgotten some paperwork and attempted to make a U-turn in the 1300 block of Fairview Drive near the east entrance of Nestle and 3M when he struck a 2006 Toyota Sienna that was heading west, Petragallo said.

Petragallo would not release the name of the driver of the Toyota, but said emergency crews had to cut her from the car. The semitrailer driver was not injured, Petragallo said.

Fairview Drive was closed from Seventh Street to Peace Road for about one hour while the driver of the Toyota was removed from the car, he said.

Petragallo said Cox reported he did not see the Toyota because his vision was obscured by a truck idling outside the east entrance to Nestle.

Police ticketed Cox for a U-turn violation. The Illinois State Police will conduct a safety inspection on the semitrailer, which is typical in cases where a crash results in significant damage, Petragallo said.

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