A woman was killed in a car accident in downstate Illinois last week, about 44 miles east of Carbondale.
The woman was driving her truck when it left the road and overturned near the town of Carrier Mills, the Associated Press reports.
The 18-year-old woman, who was from Harrisburg, had just recently graduated from high school and had gotten married just 24 hours before the accident happened.
Her husband was taken from the scene and airlifted to a hospital in Evansville, Indiana. His status is still not yet known.
The deadly accident occurs during a year in which Illinois has seen a significant decline in the number of fatal crashes and total fatalities.
Through June 27, there have been 387 accident-related fatalities within the state, or 80 fewer than were recorded at this time a year ago (467). Additionally, Illinois is on pace to have 716 fatal crashes, which would be a major drop from the 895 deadly accidents in 2013.
In 2013 and 2012, there were 956 fatalities and 918 fatalities recorded in Illinois, respectively, according to Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) statistics. Those fatality counts both represented increases from the previous year.
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