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Airlifted woman in fair condition

Wrong-way driver ticketed

Published: Thursday, April 11, 2013 9:49 a.m. CST

The Naperville woman airlifted from a brutal crash with a wrong-way driver on Illinois 47, south of Morris, last Friday is in fair condition at Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, a hospital spokesperson said.

The wrong-way driver, James Roy, 23, of Coal City, received citations for improper lane usage and driving in the wrong lane, according to Grundy County Sheriff Kevin Callahan.

Roy was driving his Ford pickup north in the southbound lane of Illinois 47 Friday morning when he struck a southbound Chrysler Sebring occupied by the woman, 46, who was driving, and her 19-year-old daughter.

Both vehicles sustained heavy front-end damage and wound up in a ditch. Two people driving north on Illinois 47 stopped and helped Roy out of the pickup before it burst into flames.

Roy was taken to Morris Hospital for treatment of a severe gash on his leg.

The passenger of the Sebring was taken to Morris Hospital and released that day.

The 46-year-old woman was helicoptered to Good Samaritan Hospital after being extricated from the car by firefighters.

The road was blocked off between Dupont Road and Illinois 113 for several hours to allow the LifeStar Helicopter to land and emergency officials to handle the accident.

After the accident, Roy apparently told police he had drifted into the wrong lane after falling asleep at the wheel.

According to Sheriff Callahan, there is no indication Roy had drugs or alcohol in his system.

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