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Three people were transported to area hospitals Tuesday afternoon following a head-on crash on Route 16 just east of Pana.


Just before 4 p.m., Illinois State Police say 61-year-old Patricia Fitzgerald of Tower Hill was westbound on Route 16 near 2700 E. Rd. 70-year-old Joseph L. Bushue of Mason was traveling eastbound on the road. Fitzgerald drove off the road to the right, overcorrected, and crossed the center line hitting Bushue’s vehicle head-on. Fitzgerald was transported to Pana Community Hospital while Bushue and his passenger were both transported to St. John’s Hospital in Springfield via ambulance. None of the injuries are reported to be life-threatening.


Fitzgerald has been cited for Improper Lane Usage.

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