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Elizabeth Woman Dies In Multi-Vehicle Crash In Jo Daviess County

An Elizabeth woman is dead following a multi-vehicle crash in Jo Daviess County Friday afternoon. The sheriff’s office says the accident happened just after 4 on U.S. Route 20 at Devils Ladder Road in rural Galena. A vehicle driven by 74 year old Beverly Kloss of Elizabeth was traveling east when she crossed the center line into the westbound lane of traffic. A vehicle driven by 59 year old Nancy Jargo of Clinton took evasive action to avoid a collision with Kloss and lost control of her vehicle causing a head-on collision with a vehicle driven by 54 year old Mary Morhardt of Elizabeth. Morhardt’s vehicle left the road and came to rest in a culvert with standing water. At the same time an eastbound vehicle driven by 51 year old Kurt Ernst of Marion collided with Jargo’s vehicle. Jargo was transported to Midwest Medical Center and later transferred to OSF in Rockford to be treated. EMS crews attempted to save Morhardt, who was later pronounced dead at the scene. The road was closed for some time and traffic diverted while the crash scene was cleaned up.

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