Illinois woman fatally struck pushing husband out of way of oncoming truck

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Illinois woman fatally struck pushing husband out of way of oncoming truck

An Illinois woman saved her husband’s life by pushing him out of the way of an oncoming truck — only to be fatally struck herself, o

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An Illinois woman saved her husband’s life by pushing him out of the way of an oncoming truck — only to be fatally struck herself, officials said.

Katarzyna Kurek-Polk, 37, and her husband had pulled over to help a driver who slid off the road Monday night near McLean Road and Route 20 in Elgin, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

But while standing on the roadway, she noticed a truck driving towards them, police said.

She pushed her 62-year-old husband out of the way before she was mowed down by the truck, authorities said.

Kurek-Polk was brought to Saint Joseph Hospital in Elgin, where she was pronounced dead from blunt-force trauma, the Kane County Coroner’s Office said.

Meanwhile, her husband suffered minor injuries and has since been released from the hospital, the outlet reported.

looking west on route 20 near McLean Blvd. Elgin IL
Katarzyna Kurek-Polk and her husband pulled over near McLean Road and Route 20 in Elgin.
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A preliminary investigation suggested that weather conditions may have played a role in the crash, the Chicago Tribune reported.

The National Weather Service said that about 1.5 inches of snow fell Monday on the region.

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