The Dixon Police Department in conjunction with the Lee County Sheriff’s Department are currently investigating a fatal traffic accident that occurred in the 1100 Block of Franklin Grove Road at 10:42 a.m. The Dixon City Fire Department, the Dixon Rural Fire Department, and Advance EMS all responded to the scene as well.
From the initial investigation, a 65-year old male from Franklin Grove was driving a 2002 Toyota sedan eastbound on Franklin Grove Road. The vehicle left the roadway on the southside and struck a tree. The driver along with an 87-year old passenger had to be extricated from the vehicle.
Both subjects were transported to KSB Hospital. The driver was later pronounced deceased at KSB Hospital. The passenger was treated and then airlifted to OSF St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford. The condition of the passenger is not currently known. At this time, the identities of the driver and passenger are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
Due to the nature of the injuries, the roadway at the location was closed to traffic for a period of time. An accident reconstructionist from the department was contacted to investigate the incident.
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