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updated: 1/10/2013 11:08 AM

Arlington Heights woman killed in Wheeling crash

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A 55-year-old Arlington Heights woman was pronounced dead early Thursday following a traffic accident involving a Freightliner semitrailer truck in Wheeling, authorities said.

A Cook County Medical Examiner's office official said the woman was pronounced dead at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge at 12:20 a.m. following the crash at Wheeling and Palatine roads at around 11:26 p.m. Wednesday.

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The semitrailer truck, driven by a 57-year-old male from Nichols, Wis., was traveling east on the local access frontage road running parallel to Palatine Road and turning left onto northbound Wheeling Road. The woman was traveling west on the Palatine Road express lanes in a 2002 Mazda Protégé when the two vehicles collided at the intersection of Wheeling Road, according to police.

Wheeling Police Deputy Chief John Teevans said that intersection is monitored by a red-light camera and officials are investigating how the crash occurred.

The driver of the truck did not sustain any injuries and told police he had a green light to proceed through the intersection, police said.

The woman was unconscious at the scene and died from injuries sustained in the crash. Her name is being withheld by police pending the notification of family.

There were no passengers in either vehicle nor any witnesses to the crash, police said. Wheeling police and the Lake County Major Crash Assistance Team are investigating the accident.

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