Officials ID woman killed in crash with semi; 5-month-old daughter survives

Officials ID woman killed in crash with semi; 5-month-old daughter survives

A semitruck and a pickup truck collided Thursday night, leaving one person dead, the area without power and 60-70 gallons of diesel fuel leaking, officials said.

Police believe the pickup truck driver ran through a stop sign and hit the semitruck at about 5:30 p.m., Town of Beloit Police Department Sgt. Bryan Hasse said.

The driver of the pickup truck, 27-year-old Melissa M. Whitten, of Orfordville, was pronounced dead at the scene. Whitten’s 5-month-old daughter was also in the pickup truck at the time of the crash, officials said. She was taken to a hospital as a precaution, but it was determined that she was not injured.

The driver of the semitruck, 66-year-old Kirk R. Schmidt, of South Beloit, Illinois, suffered minor injuries, according to a release.

As a result of the crash, the semitruck knocked over a power pole and power lines. Alliant Energy was at the crash site, but was waiting for police to move the trailer because it was resting on power lines. People in the area were still without power around 2 a.m., according to police.

The semitruck leaked about 60-70 gallons of diesel fuel from its gas tank, police said.

The crash took place at Madison Road and County Highway Q, just northwest of the town of Beloit. Law enforcement officials said that all northbound and southbound lanes on Highway 213 at CTH Q remain closed due to the crash and are asking people to avoid the area.

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