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Three hurt in crash near Polo

POLO – Three people were injured Monday in a car-semitrailer crash west of Polo.

Ogle County Sheriff Michael Harn, who was on the scene at the intersection of U.S. 52 and Freeport Road, said both drivers and a passenger in the car were taken to KSB Hospital in Dixon. 

“The injuries did not appear to be life-threatening,” he said.

Harn said a car driven by James Morgan, 89, of Rockton, was northbound on Freeport Road, stopped at the stop sign, then drove in front of the westbound semi, driven by Robert Pottenbaum, 70, of Manchester, Iowa.

Traffic at the intersection is controlled by stop signs on Freeport Road. Vehicles on U.S. 52 are not required to stop.

The semi, which was loaded with sand, came to rest on its side about 150 to 200 feet west of the intersection, partially in a field. The crash occurred around 1:30 p.m.

Morgan and his wife, Deloras Morgan, 84, Rockton, a front seat passenger in his car, and Pottenbaum were taken to the hospital by Polo and Mount Morris ambulances.

All were wearing seat belts, and the car’s air bags deployed.

The Polo Police Department and Polo Fire Department assisted at the scene.

Morgan was charged with failure to stop or yield at an intersection.

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