A 23-year-old Springfield man is dead after the car he was in was struck by a semi early Wednesday. Octavio Ascencio-Ramirez was a passenger in the car, which turned in front of the semi at South Grand and Dirksen, around 2:30am. The driver of the car, 22-year-old Krista Spencer of Tallula, was treated for injuries that police say were not life-threatening. Citations are pending as the investigation continues.
ORIGINAL STORY: Springfield police continue to investigate a crash early Wednesday that killed one person and sent another to the hospital.
The accident happened around 2:30am at the corner of South Grand and Dirksen. Police say a passenger vehicle was eastbound on South Grand and attempted to turn north onto Dirksen. The vehicle was struck on the passenger side by a westbound semi tractor-trailer.
The passenger in the car was killed and the driver was taken to the hospital with injuries that police describe as non-life-threatening. The semi driver was uninjured. No citations have yet been issued in the crash, which closed that busy intersection for several hours.