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Update: Plano person dead, another airlifted to hospital following head-on collision in Sandwich


SANDWICH – East Sandwich Road near Sandwich remains closed after a multiple vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon that killed one person and injured at least one other person.

According to initial reports, there was a vehicle crash involving one person trapped inside one car and in critical condition. Police officials on scene confirmed one death related to the crash.

DeKalb County Coroner Dennis Miller confirmed Tuesday afternoon the person killed in the crash is from Plano. However, release of additional information is pending notification for next of kin, he said.

Miller said an autopsy is scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday.

The crash site itself is on Sandwich Road and appeared to be about a quarter mile south of East Sandwich Road, according to a Daily Chronicle photojournalist on site.

DeKalb County Sheriff’s Lt. Jim Burgh said three vehicles – two sedans and a box rental truck – were involved in the crash. He said the truck and one sedan was traveling northbound on East Sandwich Road and the other sedan was traveling southbound on the road.

Burgh said the southbound sedan struck the back end of the truck and caused minor damage to the truck.

“But it hit the car behind the truck head on,” Burgh said.

Burgh confirmed one person was airlifted to a nearby hospital with presumed life-threatening injuries. He declined additional comment on which hospital the person was airlifted to, citing pending next of kin notification, but said deputies were en route to the hospital as of about 1:40 p.m. Tuesday.

Burgh said investigators continue to piece together the puzzle of the crash, and why the southbound sedan went into the northbound lane. When asked if any charges have been issued or are expected, Burgh said it was too early to tell as of about 1:40 p.m. Tuesday.

Burgh said Tuesday afternoon East Sandwich Road remains closed between Chicago Road and Coy Road. He said at about 1:40 p.m. Tuesday he expects the road closures to remain in place until about 3:15 p.m.

Sandwich police officials confirmed the crash was within DeKalb County jurisdiction.

Burgh and Miller confirmed more information on the crash, including identification of the fatality, is expected to come later Tuesday.

• This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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