Woman dies after crash in Effingham County


EFFINGHAM COUNTY - An 18 year old woman is dead after a crash in Effingham County.

A preliminary traffic crash investigation indicates at 7:37 AM Thursday a vehicle driven by Melly Hofer of Effingham was northbound on Route 45 just south of Effingham county Road 1000 East when Hofer crossed the center line and hit a gray Nissan head-on. The Illinois State Patrol says the driver of the Nissan was identified as Brittany Baker, 18, of Watson.

Hofer was transported to Effingham St. Anthony Memorial Hospital before being transferred to Carle Hospital in Urbana.

Baker was pronounced dead at the scene by the Effingham County Coroner.

The Illinois State Patrol was assisted by the Effingham County Sheriff's Department, Effingham county/city Ambulance Service, Watson Fire Department, Effingham Fire Department, Effingham County Coroner's office, and Tri Power Towing.


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