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Nine-year-old dies after crash with tractor in Whiteside County

A crash between a car and farm equipment has resulted in the death of a 9-year-old girl.

A nine-year-old has died after a crash with a tractor in Whiteside County.

Around 10:25 a.m. on Saturday, October 5th, Whiteside County Deputies responded to a crash on Illinois Route 40 near Sterling, according to a statement from Sheriff John Booker. The deputies found that the driver of the car, a 45-year-old Milledgeville resident, was travelling east with a nine-year-old passenger on the route when she tried to pass a tractor that was pulling a grain cart. The driver hit the cart and the crash ensued.

The driver was taken to a nearby hospital with injuries, said Sheriff Booker. The nine-year-old passenger, Addison Headlee, was flown to another hospital in a more critical condition.

Sheriff Booker confirmed that Headlee had later succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead by the Winnebago County Coroner's Office.

The tractor driver, a 19-year-old from Chadwick, was not hurt, said Sheriff Booker.

The crash is still under investigation. Whiteside County Deputies were assisted by Milledgeville Fire and EMS, Illinois State Police, CGH - ALS, Medforce Air Medical, and Slim-N-Hanks Towing.