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Winter Weather Causes Massive Headaches and Accidents on Area Roadways

By Will Doolin, WJBD News

Winter weather has cause havoc on area roadways, with several accidents occurring in Marion County Thursday afternoon and evening.  

An accident and diesel spill occurred on Interstate-57 at milemarker 119 three-miles north of Salem.  Salem Fire and the Marion County Sheriff's Department have been dispatch to the scene.  According to preliminary reports, the accident involves a truck pulling a trailer that was pulling a tractor carrying diesel fuel.  We don't know how the accident occurred, but weather could be a major factor as light snow is pushing through the area, causing slick conditions on the roadways.  We don't have any report of injuries as of right now.  The accident happened around 4:00 this afternoon.  

A second accident has occurred on Interstate-57 just two-miles south of the first accident near milemarker 116.  Early reports indicate that a white pick-up truck hit the guard rail.  There are unknown injuries at this time.  Salem Fire, EMS and Police were been dispatched to the area.  The wreck occurred at 4:18 p.m.

An accident occurred on Selmaville Road around 4:45 this afternoon.  Early reports indicate the accident occurred on Selmaville Road near Red Stripe Road around the curve near Youngs Chapel Church.  It's a possible head-on crash with multiple injuries.  Sandoval EMS and Salem EMS have been dispatched.  Several more accidents were reported as temperatures began to drop across the area.  One accident involved a car hitting a telephone pole at Selmaville Road and Lakepoint around 5:35 p.m.

There have been reports of an accident on Illinois Route 37 north near Tonti Road with a pick-up truck overturned with a possible gas leak. 

There are reports of multiple crashes and accidents across Marion County, with two more crashes on the I-57 overpass, and accidents in Odin, Central City and Centralia.  All crashes appear to be weather-related.

If you do not have to travel this evening, it is recommended that you stay home.  If you do have to travel, travel with extreme caution, take your time and do not speed.  Temperatures will begin to drop quickly tonight, with most roads freezing over and black ice is possible.  It is recommended that you do not travel tonight. When we have more information on these accidents we will let you know.  

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