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Franklin Grove men injured in crash, one seriously

Father, 87, son, 63, both hospitalized; son cited for failure to reduce speed

ASHTON – A Franklin Grove father and son were injured, the father critically, in a two-vehicle accident Wednesday afternoon at state Route 38 and Grange Road, midway between Ashton and Rochelle in Ogle County.

According to a news release Thursday from the Ogle County Sheriff's Department, and to information from one of the drivers involved:

Thomas Ball, 63, of Franklin Grove, was westbound on Route 38 around 2:45 p.m. when he failed to see a vehicle waiting to make a left turn onto Grange. He lost control of his vehicle trying to avoid hitting the stopped car, and went toward the east ditch.

Gary Evans, 38, of Ashton, was eastbound on Route 38, saw Ball lose control and tried to avoid hitting him as Ball's car skidded toward his car but could not, Evans told Sauk Valley Media Thursday afternoon. He T-boned Ball's car on the passenger side, Evans said.

Ball was not eastbound; that information was incorrect in the news release, Evans said.

Charles Ball, 87, was flown to OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford, where he was listed in critical condition Thursday morning.

His son was taken to Rochelle Hospital then transferred to Saint Anthony, where he was listed in fair condition. 

Evans declined treatment at the scene.

Thomas Ball was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, Ogle County Sheriff Michael Harn said.

All were wearing seat belts, Harn said.

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