Fulton man killed Sunday in 2-vehicle crash

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A 71-year-old Fulton man was killed in a two-vehicle crash Sunday in Whiteside County.

Shortly before 2:30 p.m., the Whiteside County Sheriff’s Office received a call about a crash on the U.S. Route 30 Mississippi River Bridge involving a pickup truck and a semi tractor-trailer, a news release says. 

Upon investigation of the crash, it was determined the pickup truck was traveling west, crossed the center lines and struck an eastbound semi tractor-trailer nearly head-on.

Thomas M. Gramer, the driver of the pickup truck, was pronounced deceased at the scene. 

Joel A. Blottenberger, 45, of Dixon, was driving the semi tractor-trailer. Neither he nor his passenger, Heather A. Selden, 49, also of Dixon, were injured.

Midwest Collision and Downtown Auto/Towing assisted at the site of the crash, which remains under investigation.

At the scene were:

  • Whiteside County Sheriff’s Office
  • Clinton (Iowa) Police Department
  • Clinton (Iowa) Fire Department/EMS
  • Fulton Police Department
  • Fulton Fire Department/EMS
  • Illinois State Police
  • Illinois State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement
  • Whiteside County Coroner’s Office

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