9-year-old Tuscola girl dies in crash

 
TUSCOLA - A 9-year-old Tuscola girl was killed today as a result of a two-vehicle collision west of Tuscola involving a Douglas County sheriff's squad car.

Champaign County Coroner Roger Swaney said that Taylor Romine was pronounced dead at 9 a.m. today at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana from injuries she received in an accident about 8 a.m. involving a car her older sister was driving.

Swaney said the 18-year-old sister, whose name was not available, pulled out of a subdivision about a half-mile west of Tuscola into the path of a westbound Douglas County sheriff's squad car.

Taylor was a back-seat passenger and was wearing a seat belt, Swaney said.

Her sister was also being treated at Carle.

Swaney said the deputy was transporting a prisoner.

Both the deputy and the inmate were taken to Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in Mattoon, Swaney said.

Illinois State Police were investigating the accident but details of what happened and who was involved were not available by late morning.

Douglas County Chief Deputy Craig Patton said he couldn't say much but reported the deputy was physically fine but shaken late this morning, and the prisoner did not have serious injuries.

Swaney said an autopsy would be performed Wednesday on Taylor to determine the exact cause of death, but it appeared she died of internal injuries.

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