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Kaneville woman dies in crash on Route 38

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013 12:30 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013 5:16 p.m. CDT
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(Sandy Bressner - sbressner@shawmedia.com)
Firefighters work to extricate the victim of a fatal crash at Route 38 and Francis Road near Elburn on Tuesday afternoon. Route 38 was closed for several hours.

ELBURN – A 78-year-old Kaneville woman died Tuesday after a collision between a truck and a passenger vehicle on Route 38 west of Elburn, Kane County Sheriff's officials said.

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

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

Both vehicles came to a rest 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 uninjured, Gengler said. Huff was reportedly pronounced dead at the scene. The drivers were the sole occupants of their vehicles, Gengler said.

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

The closure affected some bus routes in Kaneland School District 302, Superintendent Jeff Schuler said. He said the transportation department was able to prepare for detours because it learned of the road closure well in advance of dismissal time.

Kane County Sheriff's deputies and members of the Kane County Accident Reconstruction Team are investigating the crash. Gengler said it is not known whether other 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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