URBANA — Two people were killed in a two-vehicle head-on crash Wednesday night in rural Champaign County that also sent a passenger to the hospital.
On Friday, Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup identified the two drivers who died as Steven E. Block, 67, of Urbana and Kristina N. Freeman-Mann, 28, of Rantoul. He said both were pronounced dead at the scene.
A report from Illinois State Police said Ms. Freeman-Mann’s passenger, Trevvaire Johnson, 29, of Champaign, was taken to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries. His condition is not known.
The crash happened about 7:45 p.m. on U.S. 45 north of Thomasboro in Rantoul Township, Northrup said.
The state police report said Mr. Block was driving southbound in the northbound lanes of U.S. 45 near County Road 2700 North when he collided head on with the car driven by Ms. Freeman-Mann, who was northbound.
Northrup said an autopsy will be performed today on Mr. Block, but not on Ms. Freeman-Mann.
The road was closed for about six hours as police investigated the crash.
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Authorities are continuing to investigate a two-vehicle head-on crash on Wednesday night in rural Champaign County that claimed the lives of two people.
Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup says the drivers of of both vehicles were pronounced dead at the scene. Their names have not yet been released.
Northrup says the crash happened at about 7:45 p.m. on Route 45 north of Thomasboro in Rantoul Township.
He says one vehicle was reportedly traveling southbound in the northbound lanes of Route 45 near County Road 27-hundred North when it collided with another vehicle traveling northbound.
Northrup says a passenger in the northbound vehicle was transported to Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. That person’s condition is not known.
He says an autopsy will be performed on Friday on the driver of the vehicle traveling southbound. But Northrup says there will not be an autopsy on the driver of the vehicle traveling northbound.
State police closed the road for several hours to investigate the crash.