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Man Sent To Ottawa Hospital After Rolling SUV

Posted by wlpo on February 6, 2012

You’ve seen this while taking an Interstate- a car weaving in and out of traffic.  People who saw a crash Monday morning on I-80 near Marseilles say that’s how a man was driving before he lost control of his car and rolled it into the other lanes of traffic.

Police say Russell Johnson of Batavia was thrown from his SUV.  They believe the crash happened while he was trying to pass another car.

Johnson was eventually taken to St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria where he was still being evaluated late Monday afternoon.

He has been ticketed for improper lane usage and not wearing a seat belt.

Police say Christopher Hetelle of Marseilles was driving the car Johnson hit while trying to pass.  Hetelle wasn’t hurt.

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