A 28-year-old Pana woman died Tuesday afternoon in a crash in rural Shelby County south of Pana, according to Illinois State Police.

Shelby County Coroner Brian Green identified the woman as Katie E. Carnahan.

Carnahan was born Aug. 5, 1991 in Effingham, daughter of Paul Carnahan and Tay (Griffith) Anderson, according to her obituary. She was a graduate of Pana High School and attended college to become an ultrasound tech. She was a homemaker and enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting, fishing, and animals, the obituary said.

Authorities say she was southbound at about 3 p.m. in a Chevrolet van on U.S. Route 51 near the intersection of CR 000N when an oncoming Dodge truck, pulling a hay mower, veered into the opposite lane and struck her vehicle head-on.

The hay mower had stuck a guardrail, causing the truck driver to lose control, police said.

The truck driver, Edward A. Derler, 74, of Ramsey, was transported to an area hospital with non life-threatening injuries. Derler was cited for improper lane usage.

Carnahan is survived by her fiancé, Michael Allsop of Pana; daughter, Serenity Allsop at home; stepson, Jace Allsop; mother, Tay Anderson of Pana; father, Paul Carnahan, of Taylorville.

A memorial service is scheduled for Tuesday in McCracken-Dean Funeral Home at noon.

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