Second person dies one month after crash on U.S. 24

Second person dies one month after crash on U.S. 24

URBANA — A second person has died as a result of a three-vehicle head-on crash more than a month ago in Iroqouis County.

Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup said that Michael Strong, 56, of Watseka, has died from complications related to traumatic injuries he received in a crash on the evening of Oct. 17.

Northrup said that Mr. Strong was pronounced dead at 10:20 p.m. Saturday. No autopsy will be performed, but an inquest may be held at a later date.

According to state police reports, the crash took place at 4:05 p.m. Oct. 17 on U.S. 24 at County Road 3190 near Effner, near the Indiana border.

Police said Patricia J. Allford, 70, of Sheldon was traveling eastbound behind a 2014 Freightliner semi-truck driven by Daniel D. Morgan, 53, of Terre Haute, Ind.

Police said Allford was trying to pass the semi when she crashed head on into a 2003 silver GMC van driven by Howard R. Kissack, 82, of Watseka, which was heading westbound.

Both vehicles then smashed into the rear of the semi.

Mr. Strong was a passenger in Kissick's vehicle. He was airlifted to Carle, where he remained until his death.

Both Allford and Kissack were taken to Iroquois Memorial Hospital before they, too, were airlifted to Carle.

Mr. Kissack was pronounced dead at 8:27 p.m. Oct. 19. Information was not available on Allford's condition.

Allford was ticketed for improper lane usage.

Mr. Strong's death is being investigated by the Champaign County Coroner's Office and the Illinois State Police.

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