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Normal man dies in 2-vehicle crash in rural Towanda

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Updated: July 13, 2022 at 6:32 AM CDT
Illinois State Police said the driver of a southbound car drove through a stop sign and collided with the pickup truck.

Authorities said a man from Normal died Tuesday following a two-vehicle crash in Towanda Township.

According to a news release from McLean County Coroner Kathy Yoder, Michael Simpsen, 50, was driving a pickup truck that collided with another vehicle near Illinois Route 165 and North 2400 East Road. The crash happened at about 7:50 a.m., according to Illinois State Police.

State Police said a car driven a 22-year-old woman from Normal drove through a stop sign while headed southbound on North 2400 East Road and struck the driver's side of the eastbound truck driven by Simpsen. The truck left the road and overturned in a ditch. Police said Simpsen was thrown from the vehicle.

Simpsen was pronounced dead at the scene at 8:45 a.m. Yoder said Simpsen died of multiple injuries. Toxicology tests are pending.

Illinois State Police said the other driver was ticketed for disobeying a stop sign.

The crash remains under investigation by the Illinois State Police and the coroner’s office.

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