Early morning crash claims the life of Champaign woman

CHAMPAIGN - A Champaign woman is dead after the vehicle she was driving struck a train early Monday morning.

The wreck happened on Cardinal Road, East of Staley Road, in Champaign.  According to Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup, Diane M. Siewert, 52, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash at 1:33 a.m.

Siewert was the only occupant in the vehicle at the time of the crash.  An autopsy is being performed.

The cause of the crash is not yet known, and the Champaign County Sheriff's Office and Champaign County Coroner's Office will continue to investigate this incident.

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