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Police are searching for the driver of a vehicle involved in a serious crash that sent one person to the hospital on Wednesday.

According to Illinois State Police District 21, the crash occurred at approximately 10:58 a.m. on East Illinois Route 1/17 where it narrows from four to two lanes near 7845E Road in Kankakee County

Investigators said an unknown vehicle was traveling next to a Ford Focus on Route 1/17 northbound near 7845 E. Both attempted to merge at the same time into one lane when the unknown vehicle struck the Ford on the passenger side. The unknown vehicle did not stop.

The Focus went into the southbound lane and struck a Freightliner semi-tractor trailer head on.

The driver of the Focus was extricated. The motorists were transported to a local hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries.

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