Updated: Name of victim released in fatal U.S. 45 wreck

RURAL LEVERETT —  A Rantoul woman was killed and three children of the woman injured when a truck struck a vehicle stopped on U.S. 45 just south of Leverett Road early Thursday morning.

Illinois State Police said the deceased, Shana Outlaw, who was 23 years old, was outside of her vehicle, which apparently had a mechanical issue, in the right driving lane.

Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup pronounced Ms. Outlaw dead at 6:40 a.m. He said she died from multiple traumatic injuries.

Her 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix was struck from behind by a 2008 Dodge Ram truck at 5:52 a.m. driven by an East Lynn man whose name was not released.

State police said the collision caused her car to be thrown off the roadway to the right and overturn in the right ditch.

The pickup truck rolled over in the roadway and came to rest on its top in the left lane.

State police said it is unclear if Ms. Outlaw was struck by the truck after it collided with her car of if her car struck Ms. Outlaw after it was struck by the truck.

Ms. Outlaw was found in the right ditch near her car after the collision.

Three children ages 6 years, 4 years and 8 months from Rantoul sustained injuries that were not life-threatening. They were transported to an area hospital.

The driver of the pickup truck was ticketed for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

The crash caused the southbound lanes of U.S. 45 to be closed until about 11 a.m. while Illinois State troopers investigated.

Shortly after 11 a.m., several Urbana and county police officers responded to Carle’s emergency room, where there was a report of a disturbance.

Urbana Sgt. Andy Hewkin said several members of the woman’s family and her friends were having an emotional reaction to the news of her death. Police quickly defused the situation, and no one was hurt or arrested.

Leverett Road at U.S. 45 is south of Thomasboro, north of Urbana.

Michael Kiser contributed to this story.


10:55 a.m. update


RURAL LEVERETT — The crash on U.S. 45 just south of Leverett Road has been cleared.

All lanes are open. 


8:55 a.m. Update

RURAL LEVERETT -- Illinois State Police say that southbound lanes of U.S. 45 will remain shut down for about two more hours after a crash earlier Thursday.

Police said the accident happened just south of Leverett Road, which is north of Urbana and south of Thomasboro. The Illinois Department of Transportation remains on the scene diverting traffic onto Leverett Road.

More details about the crash are not yet available. Use caution as you approach the area.



Illinois State Police remain on the scene of a crash on U.S. 45 that has shut down both southbound lanes.

Police said the accident happened just south of Leverett Road, which is north of Urbana and south of Thomasboro. Traffic is being diverted onto Leverett Road for now.

Northbound traffic is moving slowly. Use caution as you approach the area.



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