Posted on December 5th, 2013 by Zane Cagle
Illinois State Police report they have worked 35 car accidents this morning due to the ice storm. From 4:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., troopers dealt with 35 ice-related accidents, 27 of them in Madison County and eight in St. Clair County. “Some days we have no accidents and some days we have 10,” said trooper Calvin Dye, “But to have 35 accidents, that’s outrageous”.
The worst accident was a head-on crash that occurred on Illinois 111, a quarter-mile north of New Poag Road. One person was taken to St. Louis University Hospital with severe injuries.
The most dangerous road seems to be Interstate 255 and its northern extension, Illinois 255 as 27 of the 35 crashes have occurred on that highway.
“The most important thing for people to remember is that when it is icy they shouldn’t drive 45 or 55 because that’s what the speed limit signs say”, Dye said. “We are urging people to slow down for their own safety and for the safety of other people on the road”.
According to the Illinois State Police, the first ice/snow storm of the year produces more collisions than other storms because people don’t slow down to allow for slippery conditions.
When road conditions are slick, we each have a duty as drivers to slow down and increase our following distance between cars. Allow for more time to reach your destination and try to exercise patience. Taking a little longer to get to your destination is far better than possibly not getting there at all and being injured. Drivers make a choice to slow down and be responsible. So please exercise safety and caution in your commute this afternoon and on Friday morning.
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Source: Wuerz, Scott 12/5/13 Ice causes 35 accidents in metro-east. Belleville News Democrat.