- Associated Press - Saturday, June 28, 2014

GRANITE CITY, Ill. (AP) - A southwestern Illinois county coroner says a stricken woman was being rushed to a hospital in a private car when that car crashed into a ditch.

Madison County Coroner Steve Nonn says 44-year-old Tiney Marie Hunt of Granite City was pronounced dead after the Thursday accident.

Nonn says after Hunt had become unconscious and unresponsive, the unidentified driver tried to drive her to a hospital and was calling 911 when the car veered off the road.

Nonn says an autopsy Friday showed preliminarily that Hunt died from an unspecified cardiac event and not because of anything related to the crash.

The car’s driver was flown to a St. Louis hospital, where her medical status wasn’t immediately known. Nonn says a third passenger sustained slight injuries.

Granite City police are investigating.

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