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Crash in Lee County snarls I-39 traffic

Posted by wlpo on December 8, 2016

A fatal crash north of Paw Paw shut down southbound Interstate 39 traffic for several hours Wednesday morning.

State troopers believe 44-year-old Rusty Garner of Tennessee was driving drunk when he hit a semi parked on the shoulder of the interstate just before two in the morning.  Garner survived the crash and was flown to a Rockford hospital while two passengers in his SUV were pronounced dead at the scene.  Their names haven’t been released.

Traffic was diverted off of southbound I-39 for about five hours.

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