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Geneva woman fatally strikes semi-truck driver in Newport Township

A 38-year-old Geneva woman fatally struck a semi-truck driver Thursday morning in Newport Township.
A 38-year-old Geneva woman fatally struck a semi-truck driver Thursday morning in Newport Township.

NEWPORT TOWNSHIP – A 38-year-old Geneva woman struck a semi-truck Thursday morning in Newport Township, causing it to roll into a ravine. The truck's driver later died.

Lake County Sheriff's deputies responded around 5:10 a.m., Oct. 12 to the area of Russell Road and Park Lane in Newport Township for a report of a crash with injuries, according to a news release from the sheriff's office.

When deputies arrived, they found a significantly damaged Volvo tractor-trailer and Jeep Compass. A preliminary investigation shows the 38-year-old Geneva woman driving the Jeep was eastbound on Russell Road when she crossed the double-yellow center line and struck the westbound Volvo truck.

The Volvo, carrying a 40,000-pound load, then overturned and rolled into a ravine on the south side of the road. Its driver, a 65-year-old Kenosha, Wisconsin, man, and the Geneva woman were transported to United Hospital System, St. Catherine's Medical Center Campus, in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin.

The man died shortly after arriving at the hospital. The woman was treated and released.

"She’s cooperating with the investigation," the news release stated.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office Technical Crash Investigations Unit continues to investigate the incident.

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