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Chicago woman dies in Ogle County crash

3 others injured in wreck near Forreston

Published: Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

FORRESTON – A Chicago woman is dead and three other persons were injured when a car crashed into a semitrailer Sunday afternoon near Forreston.

Ogle County Sheriff Michael Harn said Tuesday that Mary Klasen, 66, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash at the intersection of state Routes 72 and 26.

The semitrailer driver, Robert Schultz, 41, of Forreston, and two passengers in the car Klasen was driving were injured.

Harn said Klasen was driving east on Route 72 and stopped at the stop sign at the intersection with Route 26. She then turned north in front of and colliding with the semi, which was southbound on Route 26, Harn said. The crash happened at 2:09 p.m.

Klasen's front-seat passenger, Elizabeth Cosgrove, 67, of Clarendon Hills, was flown by REACT helicopter to Rockford Memorial Hospital, where she was listed in fair condition on Tuesday.

The back-seat passenger, Mary Anne Noven, 67, of Yorkville, was flown by LifeLine helicopter to OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, Rockford, where she also was listed in fair condition on Tuesday.

Schultz was transported by Freeport Rural ambulance to FHN Memorial Hospital, Freeport, for treatment of minor injuries.

Harn said Route 26 was closed for 2 hours. He said alcohol and illegal drugs were not factors in the crash. The crash remains under investigation.

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