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Police respond to a two-vehicle accident at Lost Bridge Road and Lake Shore Drive. 

DECATUR — Police on Friday said a 36-year-old Decatur woman remained hospitalized after suffering life-threatening injuries in a three-vehicle crash Thursday afternoon.

Sgt. Tony Tertocha in a statement said the crash happened at about 12:40 p.m. at the intersection of East Lake Shore Drive and South 16th Street. Tertocha said the initial investigation of the crash showed that the woman attempted to turn left onto 16th Street from westbound Lake Shore Drive, while the man traveled east on Lake Shore. 

The two vehicles collided in the intersection, Tertocha said, and one of the vehicles struck a stopped passenger car driven by a 40-year-old Champaign woman before coming to rest.

Decatur Fire Department Battalion Chief Jim Ohl on Thursday said the man and the 36-year-old woman were taken by Decatur Ambulance Service to Decatur Memorial Hospital. Though the crash happened just south of HSHS St. Mary's Hospital, DMH is a Level II Trauma Center, Ohl said. 

The woman in the other vehicle refused treatment at the scene, Ohl said. 

Tertocha said the man was treated at the hospital and later released. He said the crash was investigated by the Fatal Accident Investigation Team, which responds to serious and fatal crashes within the city. 

The intersection of Lake Shore Drive and South 16th Street was closed to northbound and westbound traffic for about 3½ hours, Tertocha said.

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Contact Jaylyn Cook at (217) 421-7980. Follow him on Twitter: @jaylyn_HR

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Public Safety Reporter

Public safety reporter for the Herald & Review.

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