Newborn baby dies from injuries sustained in Decatur car crash


A newborn baby has died from injuries in a car crash.

The Peoria County Coroner says 2-month-old Zackery Morland of Hammond was officially pronounced dead at 9:30 Sunday night at Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. The baby is technically brain dead, but is being kept alive as an organ donor.

The crash happened about 3:00 p.m. last Thursday along Route 48 in Decatur near Salem Baptist Church. The driver of the car had to be cut from the wreckage and was taken to the hospital. Witnesses on the scene told Macon County Sheriff's Deputies that the car entered the lane of a semi-truck, the truck tried to swerve, but the car hit the trailer.

The crash remains under investigation.
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