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Three hurt in crash near Polo

Published: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT
(Vinde Wells/vwells@shawmedia.com)
A semitrailer loaded with sand ended up on its side and partially in a field Monday afternoon after it collided with a car at the intersection of U.S. Route 52 and Freeport Road west of Polo.
(Vinde Wells/vwells@shawmedia.com)
Three people were transported to area hospitals Monday afternoon after a semitrailer and car collided at the intersection of U.S. Route 52 and Freeport Road west of 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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