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Heart Attack May Have Led to Crash that Killed Effingham Man

A heart attack led to the crash that killed an Effingham man Wednesday afternoon. 62-year-old Jerry A. Newburn died when his semi-tractor trailer went off of Bear Creek Road west of Pana after 1 p.m. Wednesday.


Christian County Coroner Amy Calvert Winans released a statement Friday morning saying Newburn died from cervical spinal injuries due to the crash. Winans says an ongoing heart attack also played a significant factor in the crash.


Toxicology is still pending. The Christian County Sheriff’s Office and Christian County Coroner’s Office continue to investigate the crash.

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