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Zion Lutheran basketball coach among 2 dead in Marengo crash on way to game

Katie Kloess, 29 (Zion Lutheran School, Marengo)
Katie Kloess, 29 (Zion Lutheran School, Marengo)

(WLS) — A girls’ basketball coach at Zion Lutheran School in Marengo was among two killed in a crash involving a semi truck Thursday on her way to coach.

Katie Kloess, 29, was on her way to a game when it happened at Millstream Road and Route 176.

School administrators posted a statement on their website last night (Thursday) to parents:

“It is with heartfelt grief that we must share a Zion tragedy. Today as she was traveling to coach her 7th/8th grade girl’s basketball team in Crystal Lake, Ms. Katie Kloess was tragically killed in a multiple vehicle accident. School and all school activities are cancelled for tomorrow except the Pre-School Polar Express. There is no 2 year old pre-school tomorrow,” the statement said.

“The school will be open between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. for students to talk to teachers and counselors. We are all deeply saddened by this horrible tragedy and pray for Katie’s students and her family,” the statement continued.

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The McHenry County Coroner’s Office said two people were killed in the crash. A man a second vehicle was also killed in the crash around 3 p.m. Thursday. Matthew Lange, 35, of Genoa Ill., and Kloess were both pronounced dead on the scene.

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