Woman dies in two-vehicle crash near Arrowsmith

The McLean County Sheriff’s Office and Coroner Kathy Yoder are investigating a car-semi crash near Arrowsmith that killed a 42-year old woman. (Matty Ring/flickr)


By Howard Packowitz

ARROWSMITH – A woman was killed and a man was injured Sunday afternoon when a passenger vehicle collided with a semi-tractor trailer just north of Arrowsmith in Eastern McLean County.

The crash happened about 2 p.m. near County Roads 3300 East and 1300 North.

McLean County Coroner Kathy Yoder said the 42-year old woman, whose name has not yet been released, was the car’s driver. A man who was a passenger was treated at an area hospital, according to Yoder. His condition is not available.

The coroner’s office and the McLean County Sheriff’s Office are investigating. An autopsy has been scheduled.The coroner will release the woman’s name after more family members are notified.

Illinois State Police, Ellsworth and Saybrook-Arrowsmith Fire Departments, and Gibson Area EMS were on the scene along with the coroner and sheriff’s deputies.

Howard Packowitz can be reached at howard.packowitz@cumulus.com


Labor Day – Expanding voting rights for all

By Mike Matejka Because of COVID, there is no Labor Day Parade this year.  It’s always a great event for our everyday workers to march proudly down the street and enjoys the festive crowd. If there had been a parade, this year’s Labor Day theme was to be “150 years of struggle: your right to vote.” …

Is federal mobilization the answer?

By Mike Matejka As President Donald Trump threatens to send federal marshals into Chicago, over the objections of Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, recall another Illinois Governor who protested the incursion of armed federal personnel into the city.   Those federal troops, rather than calming, escalated the situation, leading to deaths and violence. Illinois poet Vachel Lindsay…

In these troubled times, to my fellow white Americans

By Mike Matejka Our nation is at a unique watershed in human relations. African-Americans have been killed too many times in the past before George Floyd, but the response to this man’s death is international and all-encompassing. I was a grade-schooler during the Civil Rights 1960s. I watched Birmingham demonstrators hosed and the Selma – Montgomery…

Workers’ Memorial Day – Remember those whose job took their life

Looking around our community, when we say employer, most will respond to State Farm, Country, or Illinois State University.   We too often forget those who are building our roads, serving our food, or our public employees. COVID-19 has made us more aware of the risk.  Going to work every day for some people means…