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home : local news : local news February 06, 2016

3/7/2013 11:22:00 AM
Storm causes wrecks
Slick roads, blowing snow made travel hazardous locally.
Three local wrecks were blamed on Tuesday's winter storm, including one that sent a 16-year-old driver to Crawford Memorial Hospital.

Logan Andrew Johnson, 16, Robinson, was taken to the hospital after he hit a car that was maneuvering to check on a stranded vehicle on Tuesday.

Warren E. Fuller, 53, Palestine, was driving east on Illinois Route 33 when he saw a vehicle in a ditch near County Road 1650E. He continued to the intersection to try and turn around to check on the driver.

He told deputies he turned on his four-way flashers and turned left. Johnson was driving a green 2002 Jeep Cherokee behind Fuller and hit Fuller's red 1998 Dodge Neon in the driver's side door at 6:05 p.m. Johnson told deputies he did not see the flashers and tried to brake to avoid the collision.

Both men were wearing seat belts and Johnson was taken to CMH with "nonincapacitating injuries." He did not report an injury and his status was not available at press time.

The remaining accidents damaged vehicles, but none of the occupants reported injury.

Cora R. Bower, 20, Jewett, was driving east on Illinois Route 33 about one-quarter mile from County Road 100E when the car began to spin on the slick road and went off the north side at 9 p.m. The silver 1999 GMC ran into the ditch, rolled, and landed on the passenger side door. The report did not say if Bower and her passenger, Richard M. Burnell, 32, Rockwood, were wearing seat belts. Damage was listed as more than $1,500.

The other accident saw a car hit a sign in Hutsonville.

Adrian Perales Mojica, 27, Duncansville, Texas, was driving his black 2007 Chevrolet pickup east on 1750th Avenue in Hutsonville, just past North Pleasant, when he lost control of the vehicle. The pickup crossed to the north side of the road and hit a highway sign with the passenger side door. Damage was listed as more than $1,500.

Besides making county roads slick, the storm that dumped up to nine inches of snow in far northern Illinois closed schools today and made travel hazardous throughout the area.

A brief period of sleet as the snow began Tuesday coated roads and made driving tricky, as did gusting winds and blowing snow that reduced visibility.

Interstate 70 traffic was diverted to U.S. 40 in Clark County Tuesday afternoon as a fatal accident west of Marshall closed westbound lanes.

On Facebook, Sabrina Christian told the Daily News streets in Oblong were "very slick" at one point. "Route 33 between Oblong and Newton was also slick in some places but cleared once I got to 130," she posted.

Darcy Lynn Louer said on Facebook that while local roads were slippery, "they started to clear up at Newton [and] stayed pretty clear all the way to Beecher City."

Snow totals reported by local National Weather Service cooperative observers ranged from an inch at a location two miles west of Palestine, to three inches reported by two observers - one at Hutsonville and one three miles west of Robinson.

Readers can follow the Daily News on Facebook and Twitter to get the latest information on weather, delays and closings.

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