Incident: Fatal crash
Location: U.S. Route 136 westbound, 2.5 miles east of Havana
Date, time: June 8, 12:05 p.m.
Vehicles and individuals involved:
Unit 1: 2007 Mack
tractor-trailer, green and yellow
Unit 2: 1972
International Hydro farm tractor, red
Unit 2 driver,
deceased: Nyal Miller, 77, Mason City
Unit 2 passenger, deceased: Kirk
Schoonover, 22, Havana
Assisting agencies: Illinois State Police, Mason County
Sheriff’s Department, Havana Rural Fire Department
Narrative: Unit 2 was driving west on U.S. Route 136
approximately 2.5 miles east of Havana. Unit 1 was driving in the
same direction on Route 136 and approaching Unit 2 from behind. The
driver of Unit 1 said he leaned over to pick up his cellular phone.
When he looked back up at the road, he was too close to Unit 2 to
avoid crashing into it. Unit 1 crashed into the rear of Unit 2.
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The driver of Unit 2 was pronounced dead at the scene by the
Mason County coroner's office. The Unit 2 passenger was transported
by helicopter to Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, where he
was later pronounced dead by the Peoria County coroner's office. The
driver of Unit 1 was not injured.
Traffic citations for the driver of Unit 1 are pending the
outcome of the crash investigation.
[Text from file received from Illinois
State Police District 9]