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TUSCOLA — The Douglas County coroner said an autopsy showed a woman killed in a crash near Camargo on Wednesday morning died from blunt force trauma.

However, Joe Victor said further tests are being run to see if Joan Biebel, 66, may have suffered from an underlying medical condition that would have caused her to veer into the oncoming lane of traffic and sideswipe a truck.

Mrs. Biebel was a resident of Malta in DeKalb County but during the week lived in Decatur and worked at St. Teresa High School as a theology teacher and campus minister. She returned to her northern Illinois home on the weekends, according to what her family told Victor.

About 5:45 a.m. Wednesday, Mrs. Biebel was westbound in a van that went across the center line on U.S. 36 near Douglas County Road 1865 E, east of Camargo. It sideswiped a truck with a tanker trailer driven by Kevin Seitz, 57, of Blue Mound.

The eastbound Seitz veered to the right into the ditch to avoid the collision. He was treated at an area hospital for what Illinois State Police said were non-life-threatening injuries.

Victor said it’s believed that Mrs. Biebel was on her way back to Decatur after having been at a friend’s home in Paris, where they were working on a student retreat the night before.

— Mary Schenk

Update 3:30 p.m. Wednesday

CAMARGO  - An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday morning for a northern Illinois woman killed in a two-vehicle crash southeast of Camargo Wednesday.

Douglas County Coroner Joe Victor said he is still trying to notify relatives of the DeKalb County resident who was driving a van that got into a collision with a commercial vehicle prior to 8:30 a.m.

Illinois State Police said the accident happened on U.S. 36 near Douglas County Road 1865. The road was closed for several hours.

Police have not released further details.

 

Update 12:55 p.m. Wednesday

Illinois State Police are investigating a fatal two vehicle crash in Douglas County earlier Wednesday.

State Police say the accident happened on Route 36 and Douglas County Road 1865 East, which is east of Route 130. It involved a van and a commercial vehicle. More details on the accident are not yet available.

The name of the victim has also not been released.

The road was closed for several hours for the investigation of the crash, but it has since reopened.

 

Original 11:24 a.m. Wednesday

Illinois State Police are investigating a fatal two vehicle crash in Douglas County earlier Wednesday.

State Police say the accident happened on Route 36 and Douglas County Road 1865 East, which is east of Illinois 130. It involved a van and a commercial vehicle. More details on the accident are not yet available.

The name of the victim has not been released.

The road is expected to be closed until around noon Wednesday for the investigation into the crash. Expect delays if you are traveling eastbound or westbound on Route 36.

WDWS Reporter

Michael Kiser is a reporter at WDWS 1400-AM. His email is mkiser@wdws.com.