Icy Roads Lead To Numerous Thursday Night WrecksIcy road conditions for a brief period of time late Thursday afternoon and early evening led to a rash of accidents. Most involved vehicles sliding off the road and ended without injuries.
The one exception was a head-on crash on the Selmaville Road near the Red Stripe Road intersection southwest of Salem. Marion County Sheriff's Deputies say a car driven by 28-year-old Randa Jolliff of the Selmaville Road in Salem was westbound entering a curve when she lost control on the ice, crossed over into the eastbound lane, and struck an on-coming pickup truck driven by 24-year-old Blane Cline of Lowery Road in Salem. Both drivers along with a passenger in Jolliff's car, seven-year-old Mason Jones of the Selmaville Road in Salem, were all taken to Salem Township Hospital for treatment.
The Selmaville and Green Street Roads were the scene of a number of other accidents as well, but none resulted in injuries that required hospital treatment. Deputies say 25-year-old Rosilyn Keene of Gragg Street Road in Centralia slid off the Selmaville Road near the Nation Road intersection and hit the roadside ditch. 50-year-old Mary Richardson of Gladys Lane in Centralia lost control on the Green Street Road east of Brewery Hill Road, ran off the pavement, and hit the roadside ditch. Another vehicle left the scene after shearing off a telephone pole near the Green Street and Lakepoint Road intersection.
Numerous wrecks were also reported on Interstate 57. In the most serious accident, a trailer hauling a tractor on a pickup truck owned by Terry Jones of Waukegan disconnected. The trailer overturned with the tractor staying attached. It blocked part of the northbound driving lane three miles north of the Salem exit. All northbound traffic had to be stopped until a resulting diesel spill could be cleaned up and the trailer removed.
The U.S. 50 overpass on the eastside of Odin became a solid sheet of ice, with four to five vehicles reportedly involved in a non-injury accident.
An Alma man escaped injury when his pickup truck ran off Route 37 between the Tonti and Bason Roads and overturned on its top in the roadside ditch. Salem Fire Protection District officials say Edward Beard was out of the truck on their arrival.
Centralia Police say a car ran into a power pole in the 900 block of East Noleman, causing traffic to be rerouted until the powerlines could be moved.
Roads had stayed wet most of the afternoon while snow fell, but as the temperatures fell quickly below freezing with the arrival of a cold front many of the surfaces froze over in black ice. As the temperature continued to drop, most of the black ice froze dry. A few slick spots remained Friday morning.
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