Two killed in head-on collision on Illinois 9 west of Paxton

Two killed in head-on collision on Illinois 9 west of Paxton

PAXTON — State police have identified two people who died when the car they were in struck a semitrailer head-on Thursday in Drummer Township, west of Paxton.

The crash occurred at 10:09 a.m. on Illinois 9 at Ford County Road 1300 East, according to Illinois State Police.

Police identified the victims as Kelsey R. Fottler Bridgwater, 21, of Saybrook, and her passenger, Charly J. Jesse, 24, of Jacksonville, Fla.

According to Trooper Jayme Bufford, Bridgwater was driving east on Illinois 9 at County Road 1300 E when she lost control of her 2001 Mitsubishi Spider GT convertible and hit a semi driven by Floyd P. Smith, 53, of Fairborn, Ohio.

Both occupants of the convertible were pronounced dead at the scene by the Ford County Coroner's Office. Illinois 9 was shut down for about five hours Thursday while the scene was processed.

The accident remains under investigation.

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