Effingham man dies in Pana crash


CHRISTIAN COUNTY, Ill. (WAND) –  An Effingham man died in a crash outside of Pana Wednesday.

The coroner identified the victim as 62-year-old Jerry Newburn.

It happened around 1:15 p.m. about a half mile east of 1700 East Road. Police didn’t released details of the crash, but say Newburn was driving a semi tractor-trailer at the time of the rash.

An autopsy revealed Newburn died from cervical spinal injuries caused from the crash. However, the coroner said contributors to his death were ischemic and hypertensive cardiovascular diseases with an ongoing heart attack.

The Christian County Coroner’s Office and the Christian County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the crash. 

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