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Collision between semitrailer, van on I-88 sends two to hospital with life-threatening injuries

CORTLAND – A crash between a semitrailer and a truck Wednesday sent two people to the hospital, officials said.

A Volvo semitrailer and the Ford utility truck were heading east when they crashed about 4 a.m. Wednesday at Interstate 88 mile marker 96.25, which is east of Somonauk Road in Cortland, according to Illinois State Police Master Sgt. Brian McKinney.

The semitrailer rear-ended the truck, said state Trooper Elizabeth Clausing.

McKinney, who is with ISP District 15, said one of the injuries was considered serious. Reports Illinois State Police showed further information.

Illinois State Police Safety Education Officer Duane Chappell said in an email that preliminary reports showed that the impact caused the truck to roll over into the ditch. The utility truck driver and passenger were taken by paramedics from the DeKalb Fire Department to Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

One of the crash victims was transferred to OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford with critical injuries, McKinney said. The reports from Chappell's email show the passenger was flown via helicopter.

McKinney said he didn't know the extent of injuries to either person.

McKinney said no one had to be extracted.

McKinney said interstate traffic was able to get past the crash site, though first responders remained on the scene for hours after the crash Wednesday morning.

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