Collision near Effingham claims 11-year-old's life

EFFINGHAM - A Sunday afternoon collision about two miles north of Effingham has claimed the life of an 11-year-old girl.

According to police, Harold B. Hartke lost consciousness while driving southbound on US 45.  Hartke's vehicle crossed the center line and northbound lane, then went off the roadway.  Another vehicle swerved to avoid Hartke, but Hartke's vehicle began to turn back into the road and struck the other vehicle.

All occupants were taken to local hospitals to treat injuries.  Hartke was cited for improper lane usage.  The crash remains under investigation by Illinois State police and the Effingham County Coroner's Office.
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