Rantoul woman killed in crash, 3 children injured

Crash on Route 45 closes southbound lanes

3:12 p.m. update:

Coroner Duane Northrup has released the name of the Rantoul woman who was killed in the crash on Route 45 Thursday.

Shana Outlaw, 23, was pronounced dead at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana at 6:40 a.m.

Outlaw was reportedly outside of her vehicle that stopped on Route 45, southbound, when her vehicle was struck by another vehicle.

Outlaw died from multiple traumatic injuries, according to Northrup, that she received from the crash.

No autopsy will be performed; however, an inquest may be held at a later date.

The death is being investigated by the Champaign County Coroner's Office and the Illinois State Police District 10.


1:29 p.m. update:

A Rantoul woman was killed in the crash on Route 45.

Police say the woman was outside of her vehicle tending to a mechanical issue with her car while three children were inside of the car.

A truck was traveling southbound on Route 45 at Leverett when it struck the back of the parked car. The parked car was thrown off the roadway and overturned in the ditch.

The truck rolled over in the roadway and came to rest in the left lane.

The three children inside the car were taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The driver of the truck is facing charges for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

It's unclear whether the woman was hit by the truck which also struck her vehicle.


8:51 a.m. update:

Route 45 southbound, just south of Leverett Road, will remain closed for approximately 2 more hours. IDOT remains on scene diverting traffic onto Leverett Road while the roadway is closed.


6:40 a.m. update:

District 10 Troopers are on the scene of two crashes on Route 45 just south of Leverett Road (between Thomasboro and Urbana).

The southbound lanes are closed for an undetermined amount of time.

Route 45 Southbound traffic is being diverted onto Leverett road at this time. Northbound traffic is moving slowly.

Troopers are advising drivers to use caution and drive slowly in that area.


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