NORA, Ill. – Authorities said a drunk driver knocked over a railroad signal before her vehicle caught fire in a crash Saturday morning in Jo Daviess County.
Jessica L. Voss, 36, and a 14-year-old male, both of Freeport, refused medical treatment at the scene, according to the Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s Department.
A press release states that Voss was traveling east on North Stagecoach Trail and North Street in Nora at 3:54 a.m. when she attempted to negotiate a curve in the roadway and lost control of her vehicle. The vehicle left the pavement and struck a railroad crossing signal, knocking it over. The vehicle then came a rest south of the railroad tracks and caught fire.
Voss faces charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, endangering the life or health of a child, failure to reduce speed causing an accident and improper traffic lane usage.