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UPDATE, 6:45 p.m.:

OGDEN — A Savoy man died Thursday morning in a head-on collision with a semitrailer truck on U.S. 150 west of Ogden.

Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup said Michael D. Whitman, 42, was pronounced dead at 8:29 a.m. at the scene of the accident. An autopsy has been scheduled for Friday morning, and an inquest may be held later.

State Trooper Joseph Rush said about 7:20 a.m., Mr. Whitman was driving a hatchback car east on U.S. 150 about three-quarters of a mile east of County Road 2550 East when he entered the westbound lane "for unknown reasons" and collided head-on with a semi driven by a 57-year-old Urbana man.

Mr. Whitman was not wearing a seat belt, Rush said. The truck driver was not injured.

The crash backed up traffic this morning, but all lanes have since reopened, state police said. The death remains under investigation by state police and Northrup's office.


Original story, published 7:50 a.m.:

OGDEN — An accident on U.S. 150 west of Ogden has resulted in lane blockage, state police report this morning.

Please seek an alternate route as personnel tend to the scene.