1 killed, 1 injured in fiery Champaign County crash Tuesday

URBANA TWP., Champaign County — One Urbana woman was killed and another was flown to a hospital for treatment after a two-vehicle crash in Champaign County Tuesday afternoon, according to the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office.

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The crash was reported at the intersection of state Route 54 and East Hickory Grove Road south of Urbana around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Ruth Thomas, 78, was identified as the victim killed in the crash, deputies said in a media release Wednesday.

Thomas was the driver of a Honda car traveling west on state Route 54. As she drove through the intersection she was hit by a car, driven by Harlea Thompson, 24.

The crash sent Thompson’s car into a utility pole and caught fire. Thomas’ car went off the roadway and came to rest in a yard.

Thomas was taken to Urbana Mercy Hospital where she was pronounced dead, deputies said. Thompson was also taken to Urbana Mercy Hospital and was later flown to another hospital for treatment. Her condition was not released.

Additional details and potential contributing factors were not released.