Rock Falls woman dies in Ogle County crash on New Year’s Day

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Published: Jan. 1, 2023 at 9:01 PM CST
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BYRON, Ill. (WIFR) - A woman is dead after her car collided with another on IL Route 2 on New Year’s Day.

At about 7:15 a.m. in the 6000 block of Route 2 between Byron and Oregon. Laurie Griggs, 48, from Rock Falls was driving her 2009 Nissan Altima when it collided with driver Terry Pearse, 62, from Polo.

Griggs died at the scene of the accident, while Pearse was taken to a local hospital with serious injuries.

Rt. 2 was shut down near the accident for nearly four hours before re-opening around 11 this morning.

23 News spoke with Ogle County Sheriff Brian VanVickle who said icing and low visibility appear to have played a factor in the accident.

This is not the first time a fatal accident on Rt. 2 has occurred. On April 25, 2022, a man died and six were injured in a three-vehicle accident involving a school bus in the 5700 block south of Byron in between Camling and Townline roads.