Wednesday morning accident claims one life (with photos)

By WEEK Producer

February 6, 2013 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 1:26 AM CDT

TAZEWELL CO., Ill. -- One person is dead following a two vehicle crash in Tazewell County Wednesday morning.

Authorities say the crash occurred on Springfield Road and Route 9, around 7:15 a.m.

The Tazewell County Coroner's Office announced Wednesday afternoon that the victim was Matthew J. Schweigert, 19, of Tremont. The driver of the other vehicle was transported to Pekin Hospital.

Authorities say that Schweigert had been traveling Northbound on Springfield Road, when he apparently pulled in front of a cargo can headed Eastbound on Route 9.

Schweigert's autopsy has been scheduled for Thursday at 11:00 am.

Authorities say while a sheriff's deputy was rushing to the scene of the fatal accident, his squad car crashed and the officer suffered minor injuries.

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