Monday, August 5, 2013

Police officer dies in Livingston County crash

Police officer dies in Livingston County crash 

An Oswego woman and recently hired Coal City police officer died Saturday night after a crash in rural Livingston County, according to a news release issued by Livingston County Deputy Coroner Marie Margherio.

Heather K. Wandt, 30, was traveling northbound on Illinois Route 47, 1/2 mile south of Saunemin, shortly after midnight when she attempted to pass a semi-trailer and collided with an oncoming pickup truck in the southbound lane, 

Margherio said Wandt was pronounced dead at the scene.

The accident is under investigation by the Illinois State Police, and an autopsy has been scheduled.

According to several other online and news reports, Wandt was a recently sworn-in member of the Coal City Police Department. She was reportedly on her way home from a training session in Champaign.

"I, along with the members of the department, village officials and employees, are deeply affected by this loss," said Coal City Police Chief Thomas J. Best. "I ask that everyone please think of Heather's friends and family at this difficult time."

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