UPDATE: U.S. 45 accident claims Ludlow man

UPDATE: U.S. 45 accident claims Ludlow man

5:20 p.m. update

RANTOUL ­— The name of a Ludlow man who died Thursday morning from injuries sustained in a two-vehicle accident has been released.

Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup said Jorge L. Arroyo-Morales, 22, was pronounced dead at the scene at 7:22 a.m.

The accident occurred at 3155 CR Route 45 North, Rantoul — about a mile and a half north of the village.

Northrup said the cause of death was determined to be blunt force trauma. The death is being investigated by the Champaign County Coroner’s Office and the Illinois State Police.

Northrup said an inquest might be conducted at a later date.

Rantoul Fire Chief Ken Waters said two men who were in a vehicle that collided with the Arroyo-Morales vehicle were also injured. He said they were transported by ambulance to an area hospital. Their names and a report of their condition was unavailable.

Waters said his department was called out at 6:16 a.m. to U.S. 45, where the vehicles had hit nearly head on.

Firefighters were called to extricate Mr. Arroyo-Morales from his vehicle.

More when it becomes available.

Update

RANTOUL — A Ludlow man was killed and two other men were injured in a two-vehicle crash on U.S. 45, about a mile and a half north of Rantoul on Thursday morning.

The names of those involved are not being released at this time.

Rantoul Fire Chief Ken Waters said his department was called out at 6:16 a.m. to U.S. 45, where the vehicles had hit nearly head on.

Firefighters were called to extricate the deceased male from his vehicle.

Waters said the two males in the other vehicle were taken to an area hospital. The extent of their injuries was not available.

9:25 a.m. Update

Illinois State Police say an accident caused the closure of Route 45 just north of Rantoul Thursday morning.

The road is closed betwen County Road 3100 North and 3200 North. Details on the accident are not yet available.

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Illinois State Police say that U.S. 45 is closed just north of Rantoul for the next several hours. The closure is between County Road 3100 North and 3200 North.

No reason was given for the why the road is closed.

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