Fatal accident in Galena involving four vehicles

Published: Jul. 18, 2020 at 4:34 AM CDT
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GALENA, Ill. (KWQC) - On Friday, July 17, the Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s Office responded to a multi-vehicle crash around 4 P.M. on US Route 20 at Devils Ladder Road in rural Galena. Police say as they arrived, they learned that a vehicle driving eastbound by 74-year-old Beverly Kloss had crossed the center line and entered the opposing lane, causing a collision with another vehicle driven by Nancy Jargo. Jargo’s vehicle then lost control and entered the eastbound lane, causing a head-on collision with 54-year-old Mary Morhardt. The impact on Morhardt’s vehicle caused it to exit the roadway, landing in a culvert.

Another vehicle then collided with Jargo’s, causing minor damage to theirs. Jargo was taken to a local hospital for treatment for her injuries.

Emergency personnel attempted to save Morhardt, but she was pronounced dead at the scene. Police say the accident remains under investigation.

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