Sara Lee driver killed in head-on crash

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Updated February 12, 2013: 

Police confirmed the driver killed in a head-on crash in Henderson County was 53-year-old Douglas Schnicker of Burlington, Iowa.

Original story from February 11, 2013:

A Burlington, Iowa man died from injuries he suffered when the delivery truck he was driving was struck head-on by a tractor trailer in Henderson County, Illinois.

The crash was reported at 5:45 a.m. Monday, February 11, 2013.

Police said the 53-year-old driver was operating a Sara Lee delivery truck headed eastbound on U.S. 34.  He was about a mile west of Illinois Route 164 when a westbound tractor trailer, belonging to Autobahn Freightlines of Canada, crossed the center line as the driver negotiated a curve in the road.

The delivery truck driver, whose identity was withheld, died as a result of the crash.  His front seat passenger, 55-year-old William Krapfl of Anamosa, Iowa, was hospitalized with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the tractor trailer, 35-year-old Satwinder Gakhar of Ontario, Canada, was flown to a hospital where he was being treated for serious but non-life-threatening injuries.  He was cited for improper lane usage and failure to wear a seat belt.

Police said both of the injured men were listed in stable condition.


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