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Troy woman dies after veering off I-55 exit ramp

A 30-year-old Troy woman died Tuesday afternoon after police say she lost control of her car and struck a box truck stopped at a light on Illinois 162 in Troy.

Troy Police Chief Brad Parsons said Michelle Lee Crooks was taking the Interstate 55 southbound exit ramp when she drove her Ford Fusion through a patch of landscaping, scraped a light pole and drove south through the westbound lanes of Route 162.

She then struck a box truck that was sitting at a red light in the eastbound lanes.

“There was no indication she touched her brakes at all,” Parsons said. “We are not sure if it was a medical (issue) or what happened — but she never touched her brakes.”

A driver and passenger in the box truck were taken to the hospital. A third passenger suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene of the accident.

No one else was in Crook’s car at the time of the accident.

Police closed the eastbound lanes of Illinois 162 on the overpass for approximately an hour after the crash.

“We know something caused it and, ultimately, we won’t know why she didn’t slow down,” Parsons said. “We just know from the physical evidence that she didn’t slow and didn’t brake.”

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