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CHAMPAIGN -- A local celebrity was in a serious car accident Friday afternoon.
CHAMPAIGN -- A local celebrity was in a serious car accident Friday afternoon. Former news personality Patty Dudley was hurt in a head-on collision.

The crash was so bad, she needed to be cut out of her car. The accident happened at the intersection of Springfield Avenue and Fieldstone Road; only about 100 feet from where Patty spent more than two decades with WBGL.

A former co-worker says the accident was so loud, he could hear it in his office. Her left leg and right ankle are broke as a result of the accident. The support she's receiving from the community comes as no surprise to those who know here.

Dudley is currently working with the park district. Her Facebook page is being flooded with well-wishes from friends, family and fans.

She had surgery this weekend which was a success. Dudley began rehab the day after her surgery. Friends say everyone at WBGL hopes she gets back on her feet soon; some pun intended.
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