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Death ruled accidental

Published: Monday, April 7, 2014 3:06 p.m. CST • Updated: Monday, April 7, 2014 3:08 p.m. CST

PRINCETON — A Bureau County coroner’s jury ruled the death of a 49-year-old Manteno woman as accidental.

Susan’ McIlvain’s death was ruled as accidental Friday afternoon at an inquest at the Bureau County Courthouse.

Illinois State Police Trooper Richard Vanko testified at the inquest. He said conditions were snowy and a bit slippery on Dec. 8, 2013, when he was called to the scene of an accident on Interstate 80 at Mile Marker 46.5.

Vanko said McIlvain’s Ford Mustang left the eastbound roadway, traveled through the median, rotated almost an entire turn and hit the driver’s side of a westbound 2007 Peterbilt semi truck. The semi driver, who was the only witness to the accident, said he was driving about 55 to 60 miles an hour in the left lane. When he saw McIlvain’s vehicle coming toward him, he attempted to change to the right lane but could not complete the maneuver before McIlvain’s vehicle hit him.

Bureau County Coroner Janice Wamhoff said McIlvain was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:30 p.m. She died from blunt force trauma to the head and neck. Toxicology reports revealed no alcohol or drugs were found. The truck driver also tested negative for alcohol or drugs.

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