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home : news : north central illinois   May 24, 2016

1/14/2013 9:07:00 AM
Icy roads cause several accidents

NT Staff

Icy roads caused many accidents in rural areas Sunday, and many of the same roads that were slippery Sunday refroze this morning.

“What we had last night were on township roads, they cleared them off in the morning but then they froze over last night,” said Carol Ramer with Ramer Automotive and Towing in Mendota.

Her company was called just after noon Sunday to a roll-over accident that was reported on North 43rd Road (Meriden Street) just before East First Road on Mendota’s west side.

Mendota firefighters also responded and transported three passengers who had been in the accident involving a large pickup, while the driver, Jennifer Laukaitis, 36, of Mendota was not injured according to Trooper Craig Graham, Illinois State Police District 17. The accident was reported to the state police at 12:18 p.m.

A trooper with the state police was in the area according to scanner reports yesterday while La Salle County Sheriff’s deputies were busy handling numerous other roll-overs and ice-related accidents. That remained true on Monday morning as more reports of vehicles in ditches were called to emergency responders.

“We’ve been steady through the evening and overnight, not just cars in ditches but mechanical things now — brakes freezing up, throttles freezing up,” Ramer said.
“We had all that rain come in Saturday and then people didn’t drive yesterday so everything froze up.”

Earlville fire chief Larry Todd said his department responded to one roll-over accident yesterday but it has been mostly quiet. Mike Adkins of Adkins Towing in Paw Paw also reported a quiet day. He said weather along Interstate 39 has been known to keep him busy, but they escaped the ice this time.

Lee County sheriff John Varga said they mainly had snow on Saturday night and into Sunday morning instead of the ice experienced in La Salle County.

So far, deputies have reported a single-vehicle accident on North 15th Road near East 550th Road near Lostant in Hope Township at about 3 p.m. Darcy L. Donaldson, 16, of Lostant, was not injured or ticketed when her car left the road and rolled over in a ditch, according to La Salle County Sheriff’s Office.

At 4:50 p.m. Sunday, Joshua J. Storage, 21, of La Salle was not injured when his vehicle left the road and rolled over in a field along North 19th Road in Vermilionville Township north of Lowell, according to La Salle County Sheriff’s Office. No tickets were issued.

Tamara Abbey can be reached at (815) 539-5200 or News editor Craig Sterrett contributed to this report.

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