ROCK FALLS, Ill. - Whiteside County authorities are investigating the Tuesday crash of a semitrailer whose driver died.

The crash occurred at 2 p.m. in the area of Prophet Road and Riverdale Road in Rock Falls, the Whiteside County Sheriff’s Department said.

The International semi driven by Michael A. Kness, 61, of New Windsor, was eastbound on Prophet Road when it left the roadway and collided with a utility pole. The rig continued several hundred feet before coming to rest in a corn field.

Kness was transported to CGH Medical Center, Sterling, where he was pronounced dead.

It was not known Tuesday if a medical condition led to the death of Kness or caused the crash. The cause of the crash remains under investigation by the Whiteside County Sheriff’s Department.

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