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EFFNER — Three people were seriously injured in a three-vehicle crash on U.S. Route 24 near the Illinois-Indiana state line in Iroquois County on Wednesday.

The accident occurred at 4:05 p.m. on Route 24 at 3190E Road.

According to Illinois State Police District 21, a Chevrolet S10 pickup truck driven by Patricia J. Allford, 70, of Sheldon, was traveling eastbound behind a Freightliner semi-tractor trailer on Route 24.

Allford attempted to pass the semi and struck a GMC van head-on. The van was traveling westbound on Route 24. Both vehicles then struck the rear of the semi.

A passenger in the van, Michael H. Strong, 56, of Rockford, was airlifted from the scene to Carle Hospital in Urbana.

Allford and the driver of the van, Howard R. Kissack, 82, of Watseka, were taken to Iroquois Memorial Hospital before being airlifted to Carle.

The driver of the semi, Daniel D. Morgan, 56, of Terre Haute, Ind., was not injured.

Allford was issued a ticket for improper lane usage.

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