Three Killed, Two Others Injured in Fatal Crash in Woodford County, IL

Police in Woodford County announced that three people were killed and two others injured in a fatal collision involving an ambulance on Saturday. 

According to Illinois State Police, the crash occurred at approximately 2 a.m. on August 1 on County Road 2400 East, about a mile east of Benson. A silver Chevrolet traveling south reportedly drove into the path of a westbound ambulance on Illinois Route 116. 

The ambulance crashed into the driver’s side of the Chevy, killing three of its occupants. The victims of the crash were identified by state police as Morgan Ryder, 20, of Gridley; Jared Seggerman, 19, of Minonk; and Seth Unruth, 19, of Pattonsburg. A fourth man, identified as Blake Hert, 21, of Minonk, suffered serious injuries, sources indicate. 

The driver of the ambulance, identified as Joe Delgado, 42, of LaSalle, was injured and transported to an area hospital. The ambulance was reportedly carrying an elderly patient and a 25-year-old Earlville woman, but their conditions are unknown. It is unclear where the ambulance was going. 

The roadway was shut down for approximately six hours as state police conducted an investigation. No charges or citations have been issued at this time. The investigation is ongoing. 

As the investigation into Saturday’s crash continues, the families of Ryder, Seggerman, and Unruth may be entitled to wrongful death claims. A “wrongful death” refers to a death caused due to the fault of another person. With the assistance of an attorney, the families of wrongful death victims can seek compensation for loss of companionship, funeral expenses, and pain and suffering following an accident. 

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