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Three hurt after head-on crash north of Ottawa

Posted by wlpo on November 23, 2015

Passing on a two lane road is risky on a clear day let alone when the snow is falling.

Deputies say a three-car crash Saturday morning on Route 71 north of Ottawa happened because an 83-year-old driver lost control on an icy road trying to make a pass.

Warren Nathan of Streator hit 56-year-old Christie Nelson of Sheridan head on. John Eich of Ottawa was behind Nathan and slid into a ditch to avoid a collision with the other drivers.

Nathan, Nelson and her passenger were taken to St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Ottawa. Nathan was ticketed for failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident and driving too fast for conditions.

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