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Girl, 6, dies in crash on Route 47

(Sandy Bressner — sbressner@nwherald.com)
Firefighters investigate the scene of a three-vehicle fatal accident on Route 47 near Huntley on Friday afternoon.

HUNTLEY – A 6-year-old girl died and six others were sent to area hospitals Friday afternoon after a three-vehicle accident in Huntley.

Francisco Javier Ramirez, 29, was driving a 1995 Ford minivan north on Route 47 between Foster and Conley roads when he lost control on the wet, slushy roadway. He then crossed the center line and collided with a 2005 Peterbilt semi traveling south.

Another vehicle, a 2002 Ford four-door with two adult passengers traveling south, swerved off the road to avoid the accident, said Lt. Jim Flannigan with the Huntley Fire Department.

Ramirez had six passengers in the minivan, including the 6-year-old girl, Deann Ramirez, of Woodstock, who was ejected from the vehicle.

The other five passengers included the following:

• A 1-year-old female, taken to Centegra Hospital – Woodstock, then Advocate Lutheran General in Park Ridge, listed in critical condition.

• A 20-year old male taken to Centegra Hospital – Woodstock, listed in critical condition.

• A 10-year-old boy and two adult females taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Elgin, listed in good condition.

The names of the passengers were unavailable Friday night.

Ramirez, 1157 Prairie Ave. Apt. 3, Beliot, Wis., was treated and released from Centegra Hospital – Woodstock, said Lt. Don Carlson of the McHenry County Sheriff’s department.

The semi driver, James A. Castle, 58, of 155 Raven Lane, Bloomingdale, was treated and released at the scene.

Also released were the occupants of the Ford four-door, driver Thomas M. Manley, 23, and Inger Ocon, both of 201 Prairie Ridge Dr., Woodstock.

Route 47 was closed for more than four hours, from about 2 to 6:30 p.m., as a result of the accident, Carlson said.

No citations were issued, but the accident still is under investigation by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Police Accident Investigation Unit, Carlson said.


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