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Two people were taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries following a two vehicle crash early Saturday night in the 27-hundred block of South Broadway.  

Marion County Sheriff's Deputies say the crash occurred when 76-year-old Stanton Hughes was pulling into the driveway of his home after signalling for a right turn. He was hit in the rear by another southbound car driven by 22-year-old William Snyder of East Boone in Salem.  

Both drivers escaped injury, but two passengers in the Hughes car were taken to Salem Township Hospital for treatment.  They are identified as 48-year-old Audra Hahn of Kinmundy Road in Kinmundy and 13-year-old Emily Hahn of the same address.  A third passenger in the Hughes vehicle and two passengers in the Snyder car all escaped injury.  

The crash occurred at 5:23 Saturday night as snow was beginning to accumulate on the pavement.  

Both the Salem and Centralia Water Plants recorded 7 inches of snow on the ground through seven Sunday morning.  

The snow made roads tough going early Sunday morning even on the major highways.  As a result, most churches in the region cancelled services for the day.  Major highways improved quickly with plowing, but unplowed secondary roads remained challenging for motorists Sunday afternoon.  

In addition to plowing, Salem City Crews have been hauling snow out of downtown to Mueller Park to assure parking lanes are available.  

The Marion County Sheriff's Department reported numerous accidents, most involving cars sliding or running off the slick pavement.  There have been at least two accidents with injuries in Marion County and another in the Salem City Limits.  

The heaviest snow from the storm moved across central Illinois.  Effingham, DeWitt, Vermillion and Scott counties all reported about eight inches of snow Sunday morning.   The large system impacted all but the very northern and southern parts of Illinois as it raced towards the East Coast.  

Both drivers were injured in a two car crash early Saturday night blamed on slick road conditions on Route 37 North in front of the ESI plant.  

Salem Police say 35-year-old Miranda Gaston of Woodland Drive in Salem was traveling southbound on North Broadway when her car went out of control on a curve, spun around, and collided nearly head on by an on-coming car driven by 58-year-old Kenneth Laird of Kell Road in Centralia.  

Police say both drivers were taken to Salem Township Hospital for treatment.  Both were able to get out of their vehicles on their own. There were no passengers in either vehicle.   

The crash blocked traffic on North Broadway for just over a half hour.  

The investigation into how the accident occurred is continuing.  It was reported at 5:26 Saturday night.  

A 22-year-old Centralia man complained of minor injuries following a late Saturday night one vehicle crash on Old U.S. 51 south of Sandoval.  

Marion County Sheriff's Deputies say Justin Patten of Deerwood Drive swerved to avoid a vehicle in his lane of traffic, lost control on the snow, struck the guardrail, bounced off, and then struck the guardrail on the other side of the roadway.  He declined hospital treatment for his injuries.  No one else was in the vehicle.  

The crash occurred at 11:57 Saturday night.  

Salem Snow Route Ordinance

The City of Salem has implemented its snow route ordinance.  Public Works Director John Pruden says crews were called out at midnight to begin work on plowing and clearing city streets of snow.  Snow is also being removed from the downtown area to Miller Park. Under the snow route ordinance, it is illegal to park on designated snow routes.   The ordinance is designed to help crews more quickly clear streets.  

Centralia Snow Emergency 

Due to the expected snow accumulation, the city has declared a snow emergency through 6:00 a.m. Monday, March 2nd, 2015. A snow emergency simply means that residents should not park their vehicles on the following streets but rather park in the alley or in their driveway:

A snow emergency means that residents should not park on the following city streets:

Poplar Street, Elm Street, McCord Street, One Way Section of Noleman Street, Broadway, Pleasant Avenue, Rexford Avenue from Pleasant to Poplar, Locust Street from Rhodes to 17th Street, Gragg Street, Lincoln Blvd from Gragg to 14th, Hickory Street, 10th Street from Hickory to Brookside, Brookside Avenue from 7th to Broadway, Brooks Avenue from Broadway to McCord, 7th Street from 4th to Brookside, 4th Street from 7th to Brookside, 5th Street from Brookside to Elm, Calumet Street, Country Club Road, Airport Road, 4th Street from Lincoln to Locust, 2nd Street from McCord to Locust, Frazier from Pleasant to Lincoln, 7th Street from Poplar to Lincoln, 13th Street from Lincoln to Locust, Martin Luther King from Pleasant to Lincoln, and Perrine Avenue from 2nd to 14th.

Parking on these streets during the snow emergency will result in a $150 city ordinance violation ticket and the vehicle will be towed. If you have questions, the Centralia City Manager's office can be reached at 533-7622.  You can view the ordinance at www.cityofcentralia.org.


Central City Snow Routes in Effect

No parking is allowed on the one way streets in Central City until eight Monday morning to help with snow removal.


Odin Snow Route Ordinance Now Lifted

Odin has lifted its snow route ordinance.  Plowing work is complete on the streets.


Salem Township Roads Plowed

Salem Township Highway Commissioner Bill Grizzle has announced all Salem Township maintained roads have now been plowed and are open for travel.

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