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Woman killed crossing I-294 to reach family

FRANKLIN PARK, Ill.  — A 20-year-old woman died Friday when she was hit by a car on an Illinois interstate while trying to cross from her disabled vehicle to family members who were waiting on the outside lane.

Illinois State Police say Rachel Watson of Camargo, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) south of Champaign, parked her disabled vehicle on the inside shoulder of Interstate 294 southbound near Franklin Park. Police say she got out of the vehicle to cross to the right shoulder, where her family was waiting in another vehicle.

She was hit by a car in the far right lane of traffic as she tried to cross around 8:05 p.m. Police say she was pronounced dead at the scene. They say they’re still investigating.