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Police Release Name Of Semi Crash Victim

Posted by wlpo on December 9, 2011

As snow started flying, an out of state truck driver crashed and died near Ottawa.

36 year old Kimberly Cooley of Arkansas was westbound on Interstate 80 just past the Route 71 exit when she drove through a concrete median. The semi went down an embankment and overturned, finally stopping on railroad tracks. Cooley was pronounced dead at the scene.

Her passenger, Patricia Thompson of Indiana was taken to Ottawa Regional Hospital. She was in the sleeper cab of the semi when the crash happened.

The crash happened just before 1:30 this morning. Westbound traffic was stopped for over six hours.

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