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Downstate cheer coach killed after chain-reaction accident
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Published: 8/30/2010 10:57 AM

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ST. JOSEPH -- Most sports events at an eastern Illinois high school are canceled this week after the school's cheerleading coach died in an accident.

Authorities say St. Joseph-Ogden High School coach Tammy Walsh died Saturday after being hit by a falling utility pole on a football field in nearby Jamaica. The pole fell in a chain reaction that started with a driver hitting a guy-wire attached to another pole in a parking lot.

Vermilion County Coroner Peggy Johnson says an autopsy is planned.

The accident injured the 36-year-old Walsh's teenage son and her father-in-law. The son, Dalton Walsh, is in fair condition at an Urbana hospital. The father-in-law was treated for less-serious injuries.

St. Joseph is about 12 miles east of Champaign.