Woman dies in Piatt County crash

Woman dies in Piatt County crash

La PLACE — One woman died and a second was injured as a result of a two-vehicle collision in southwestern Piatt County Thursday morning.

Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup said Jorden Austin, 20, died at 5:13 p.m. Thursday in the intensive care unit at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.

Piatt County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Mark Huckstep said Ms. Austin was transferred there from St. Mary's Hospital in Decatur.

Huckstep said the accident happened at 8:08 a.m. Thursday at the intersection of Piatt County roads 00 E and 150 N, which is about a mile west and a mile north of La Place.

Huckstep said Sandra Hayes, 58, of Lovington, was driving a Toyota Prius north on 00 E while Ms. Austin was westbound on 150 N in a 1999 Chevrolet Malibu, when the vehicles collided in the intersection, which is not marked.

Huckstep said Ms. Austin was taken St. Mary's Hospital in Decatur and later airlifted to Carle while Hayes was taken to Decatur Memorial Hospital.

Officials there declined to give any information about her but Huckstep described the injuries as serious.

Huckstep said the accident remains under investigation by the Piatt and Macon County sheriff's offices.

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