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Matthew J. Lange, 35, and Katie L. Kloess, 29, killed in crash at Millstream Road and Illinois Highway 176 in Marengo, Illinois

Modified Date: 
Sun, 09/24/2017 - 8:56pm
Accident Date: 
Thursday, December 15, 2016

Man, woman killed in multi-vehicle crash in Marengo crash, authorities say

The victims each were driving different automobiles, according to the statement released by the coroner's office. The crash was reported by a 911 caller just after 3 p.m.

Two Killed In Crash In Marengo

Matthew J. Lange, 35, was driving a vehicle south on Millstream Road and onto Route 176 at 3:12 p.m. when it collided with a vehicle driven on Route 176 by 29-year-old Katie L. Kloess, according to the McHenry County coroner’s office.

Type: Car Accident
People Involved: 
Matthew J. Lange
Katie L. Kloess


That has been a bad intersection for a long time.  As drivers find alternate ways to get about, the secondary roads are used and often

reenter a primary road later on.  With Rt 176 being primary, nonstop, and often in excess of the posted 55 MPH, those crossing it or

choosing to make a turn onto or off of, Millstream/Dunham, often wait for a long time.  Add to that a less-than-ideal view, people 

looking for an opening into traffic, which can be significant at times, the chances for an accident increase.  There have now been five

people killed there that I know of and several other non-fatal ones since moving here in 1980.  A traffic signal or at least an enforced

speed reduction there, would be helpful.  But I found it difficult to get authorities to respond to suggestions regarding dangerous

situations.  At Deerpass and River Road, the striping allows southbond traffic on Deerpass to pass other vehicles.  With three attempts

to three different authorities, the suggestion of a double line on Deerpass, through that intersection have been ignored.  East and west

bound traffic on River Road however, have the double stripe.  Maybe someone will read this post and find it important enough to act on


I am so sorry that so many people will be grieving these most recent losses at a time when we all are anticipating Christmas holiday


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