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Peru firefighters used extrication tools to cut a Mendota woman out of a car that was damaged when it crossed the center line and collided with a snowplow after 10 p.m. Monday just north of Peru.
The accident near Lighthouse Baptist Church at North 32nd Road had Route 251 north of Peru in Dimmick Township blocked for more than an hour.
The driver of the car that had been northbound, Sherri Heiman of Mendota, was taken to Illinois Valley Community Hospital, Peru. A state police spokesman said the car driven north by Heiman crossed the center line and the southbound plow driver veered right to try to avoid the collision, but the car was struck by the plow blade. A vehicle following the plow collided with the plow.
Heiman was admitted to IVCH and reported in good condition on Tuesday.
A complete state police report was unavailable at press time this morning.
Peru Fire Department was called at 10:16 p.m. and found the snowplow and car in opposite ditches.
“Due to the conditions, it took us 16 minutes to get to the scene,” said Rick Abbott of Peru Fire Department.
He reported the visibility north of town as “near zero” Monday night.
Firefighters performed extrication work at the scene.
“We had to pretty much tear the entire car apart to get her out,” Abbott said.
Some schools canceled classes and some opened late after the light snow and heavy wind caused bad visibility, drifting and ice and accidents on country roads in the Illinois Valley this morning.
La Salle County Sheriff’s Office reported rural roads as icy and snow-covered this morning and advised anyone driving to do so with extreme caution.
“If you’re driving too fast, they’re going in ditches left and right,” said Sgt. Swierkosz at the sheriff’s department in Ottawa.
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