The fog-related crashes Wednesday morning unfortunately were not limited to the six accidents involving 14 vehicles that injured at least two motorists on Interstate 80 in the Ottawa area.
A two-vehicle crash in the fog at 6 a.m. Wednesday on Route 116 just west of the Pontiac hospital killed 86-year-old passenger Ann Daluga of Pontiac.
La Salle County issued reports Thanksgiving morning on two accidents in the country Wednesday morning that were fog-related.
At 10:20 a.m. vehicles driven by Thomas D. Kobilsek of Uticaand Robert L. Stevens of Wenona were involved in an accident at East 12th and North 38th Road in Ophir Township. No tickets or injuries were reported. Stevens reportedly made a wide turn onto East 12th Road and didn’t see the other car, and Kobilsek swerved and went into the ditch when he adjusted at the last possible moment to avoid the crash, according to La Salle County Sheriff’s Office.
At 5:32 a.m. Wednesday at North 35th and East 2075th roads inDaytonTownship, Lucinda C. Allen, 49, of Grand Ridge was injured when she was “unable to see the stop sign ahead due to heavy fog,” according to La Salle County Sheriff’s Office. She was transported to OSF St.Elizabeth Hospital, Ottawa; the hospital does not release condition reports.
As for the Interstate 80 crashes Wednesday, state police began reopening Interstate 80 near Ottawa after tending to six crashes.
In a 2:30 p.m. update, Graham said he counted six crashes involving approximately 14 vehicles. Two people hurt in separate crashes were taken to OSF St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Ottawa; reports were pending and names not available.
That crash figure does not include other vehicles that veered into the ditches to avoid the vehicle crashes.
Illinois Department of Transportation rerouted traffic during the accidents and cleanup.