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Fatal Vehicle Accident In Palatine, Illinois

There was a fatal Illinois vehicle accident on Monday night (January 6, 2014) in Palatine, Illinois.

The accident happened at approximately 9:30 p.m., when a woman driving southbound on Illinois Route 53 in a pickup truck went over an overpass barrier wall and fell roughly 20 feet onto U.S. Route 14, which ran below the overpass.

According to the Illinois State Police (ISP) the pickup truck landed on its roof, and the woman had to be extricated from the vehicle.


According to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, the woman, identified as Julie Allard, 34, of Elgin, was pronounced dead at the accident scene.

Allard was the only person in the car, although her dog also received fatal injuries.

While the accident remains under investigation, some believe that poor driving conditions and “black ice” may have been factors contributing to the loss of control of the vehicle.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the January 7, 2014 CBS Chicago article titled “Woman Killed After Car Flies Off Overpass In Palatine” as well as the January 7 Chicago Tribune article titled “‘Animal lover’ dies in crash with her dog.”

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