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Fatal Accident Near Deer Grove

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Submitted by Sergeant Kristopher Schmidt, Whiteside County Sheriff’s Office


On Thursday, October 21st at 5:37 PM Whiteside County Deputies were dispatched to Illinois Route 40 at the Green River Bridge north of Osage Road for a two vehicle crash with injuries.

Upon investigation,  Unit 1, driven by Alan E. Thompson, age 49 of Deer Grove, was traveling northbound on IL Route 40  while unit 2, driven by Timothy D. Gonigam, age 58 of Walnut, was traveling southbound. Thompson’s vehicle crossed the center line into the southbound lane striking Gonigam’s vehicle head-on.

Sadly, Gonigam was pronounced dead on scene and Thompson was transported to CGH Medical Center for serious injuries.  Thompson was later transferred to St. Anthony’s Hospital.

Deputies were assisted on scene by Walnut Fire & EMS, Manlius Fire Department, Yorktown Fire Department, CGH EMS, and Johnson’s Towing.

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