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Teacher killed in crash

Missing stop sign blamed for accident

GERMAN VALLEY – A Polo High School teacher was killed in a crash early Monday that state police blamed on a missing stop sign.

The school identified the teacher as Sarah Kamp, who teaches English. Her husband, Jason Kamp, is a chemistry and physics teacher at the school, and they have a young son.

Shortly after 7 a.m., Kamp, 32, of Byron, was headed west in a 2002 Toyota on Montague Road about 6 miles southeast of Freeport. She proceeded without stopping into the intersection with Rock City Road, officials said. The stop sign usually in place was not there.

Kamp’s car struck a 2006 Saturn driven by a 56-year-old woman heading north on Rock City, police said. 

Kamp was taken by helicopter to OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford, where she died, officials said. 

The 56-year-old woman and her 19-year-old passenger were hospitalized at Rockford Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

All three women wore seat belts. 

The crash is under investigation, police said. Officers didn’t know how long the stop sign has been missing.

On its website,, the Polo school district has provided information on the grieving process and helping children cope with death. Counselors will be available to speak with students, the site said.

“Mrs. Kamp was an outstanding teacher who touched many lives. She will be dearly missed,” the website said.

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