An autopsy is planned for Monday for a woman who died after she was involved in a pair of traffic crashes just minutes apart in Springfield Friday.
34-year-old Amanda Poole was critically injured when the car she was driving was struck by a pickup truck at South Dirksen and Niccolls Road Friday afternoon. She had to be extricated from the vehicle. Then as an ambulance was rushing her to the hospital, it collided head-on with an SUV that police say failed to yield at Dirksen and Clear Lake.
Several other people were also injured in the two crashes, including a Springfield firefighter on-board the ambulance who was treated and released.