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Fatal Crash on Knox Highway 20 (11/14/15)


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11/14/2015 at 07:38 hrs. The Knox County Sheriff's Department and the Maquon Fire Department were dispatched to a crash involving a pickup truck and a pickup truck pulling an anhydrous ammonia dual-tank trailer approximately 4 miles west of Maquon on Knox Highway 20.

Shelby A. Strang (20 yrs old) of Maquon was driving her pickup truck eastbound and Matthew Goedeke (26 yrs old) of Elmwood, in a truck owned by Crop Production Services, was driving westbound. The trucks side-swiped near the crest of a hill then Strang's pickup struck one of the anhydrous ammonia tanks.

Shelby A. Strang was pronounced dead at the scene by the Knox County Coroner's Office. Matthew L. Goedeke was taken to OSF St. Mary's Hospital in Galesburg for treatment.

The crash is continuing to be investigated with the Illinois State Police assisting the Knox County Sheriff's Department. The Maquon Fire Department was also assisted on the scene by the Abingdon Fire Department. No anhydrous ammonia escaped due to the crash but had to be transferred to other tanks brought to the scene.