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Kaneville woman, 78, dies in Route 38 collision

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013 8:37 a.m. CDT
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(Sandy Bressner – sbressner@shawmedia.com)
Firefighters work to extricate a person after a fatal crash at Route 38 and Francis Road in Elburn Tuesday afternoon. Route 38 was closed for several hours.

ELBURN – A 78-year-old Kaneville woman died Tuesday after a collision with a truck on Route 38 west of Elburn, Kane County sheriff’s officials said.

Lt. Pat Gengler said in a news release that Lorella Huff of the 46W500 block of Main Street was traveling north on Francis Road and didn’t stop at the stop sign for Route 38.

Her 1995 Toyota Camry reportedly entered the intersection and, about 11:45 a.m., hit a 2012 Hino box truck traveling west on Route 38, which did not have a stop sign at that intersection.

Both vehicles stopped west of Francis Road. The truck faced east on Route 38, and the car was in a ditch facing south.

Debris littered the roadway.

The driver of the box truck, a Roselle man, was not injured, Gengler said. Huff was pronounced dead at the scene. They were the sole occupants of their vehicles, Gengler said.

Route 38 between Meredith Road and Route 47 was closed until 3:30 p.m., Gengler said.

The closure affected bus routes in Kaneland School District 302, Superintendent Jeff Schuler said. The transportation department prepared for detours because it learned of the road closure in advance of dismissal time.

Kane County deputies and members of the Kane County Accident Reconstruction Team are investigating the crash. Gengler said it is not known whether factors such as weather, drugs and alcohol contributed to the accident.

No tickets have been issued, he said.

An ambulance and fire truck from the Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District also responded to the scene.

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