The driver of a car died and a LifeFlight helicopter was dispatched to the scene of a two-vehicle crash in front of Matthiessen State Park on Monday afternoon.

State police confirmed one person died in the crash, and by 4:15 p.m. a staff member from the La Salle County Coroner’s Office was on scene. The LifeFlight helicopter was called to assist another patient.

The coroner’s office indicated at 8:30 a.m. today that a press release would be issued this afternoon.

Oglesby Fire and EMS was called around 3:20 p.m. to the river area entrance of Matthiessen State Park on Route 178 for the car versus semi crash. The car was turning out of the Matthiessen entrance when it was struck by a semitractor pulling a flatbed trailer.

Oglesby firefighters used equipment to extricate a female passenger from the passenger-side, rear backseat, said Oglesby fire chief Ron Popurella. The deceased occupant of the car was the driver, a male (Popurella did not have his name, age or hometown), the chief said. The medical helicopter was called for shortly after for that passenger, along with Utica Fire Department to assist with the landing. The landing zone was set up just south of the intersection of routes 178 and 71.

The driver of the truck signed a refusal of medical attention, Popurella said.

Utica and Oglesby ambulances transported injured people.

Illinois Conservation Police also responded.

Craig Sterrett can be reached at (815) 220-6935 or ntlocal@newstrib.com. Follow him on Twitter @NT_NewsEditor.

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