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Two crashes leave local women in ICU

Two local women are in the neuro/trauma intensive care unit at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford after crashes in Whiteside County over the weekend.

Whiteside County sheriff’s deputies responded to a one-vehicle crash at 5:58 a.m. Sunday on Route 78 north of Bunker Hill Road, south of Morrison.

Jacque L. McCallister, 25, of Morrison, was driving a 1991 Ford Explorer southbound on Route 78, when her vehicle left the road, struck a tree and caught fire, deputies said in a news release.

A passerby rescued McCallister from the vehicle before emergency responders arrived, deputies said.

She was taken to Morrison Community Hospital, then to OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, where she was in serious condition Sunday afternoon.

Earlier, deputies responded to a one-vehicle crash at 9:42 a.m. Saturday on West Lincolnway at Emerson Road, west of Sterling.

Jackie Payne, 22, of Sterling, was driving a 2000 Dodge Stratus eastbound on Lincolnway at the curve of Emerson Road, when she hit black ice and lost control, deputies said in a news release.

The vehicle spun into the south ditch and hit a utility pole. Payne had to be extricated, the release said.

Payne was taken to CGH Medical Center, then flown to Saint Anthony, where she was in critical condition Sunday afternoon.

Both crashes are under investigation.

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