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Three injured in head-on crash in Lee County

Mendota woman in critical condition

Published: Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

DIXON – Three people were injured Friday morning in a head-on collision at U.S. Route 52 and Cedar Grove Road south of Sublette, near the border of LaSalle and Lee counties.

Lee County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene, with Amboy, Sublette, and Mendota fire and EMS personnel. According to a news release from the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, a vehicle driven by Bennie Sumner, 44, of Mendota, was southbound on Route 52 when it entered the northbound lane and struck a van driven by Cyril Ward, 64, of Amboy.

Ward was flown to Rockford Memorial Hospital, where his condition was not made available Friday afternoon. A passenger in Ward’s van, Brayden Ward, 4, was taken to Mendota Community Hospital, where his condition was unavailable Friday. Sumner was flown to OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford, and was in critical condition Friday afternoon.

According to Lee County Sheriff’s personnel, neither alcohol nor drugs are suspected to have been involved. Seat belt usage and cellphone usage are being determined. Lee County Sheriff’s personnel are continuing to investigate.

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