Kankakee fire officials reported (Friday) a woman rescued from a burning apartment unit and airlifted to a Chicago-area burn unit died of her injuries.
The woman was one of two people found by firefighters in a 2nd-floor unit of the Kankakee Kommons Senior Living facility at 155 W. Mertens Street. The building is a 3-story, 100-unit apartment building.
No one else was injured. The fire was contained to that single-unit residence. The fire itself remains under investigation.
The Sheldon TIES organization has set up a Go Fund me page for the Brett Clyden family. There has also been a fund set up at Iroquois Farmers State Bank for those wanting to make direct cash donations. Donations can be made at any of the bank's facilities in Gilman, Ashkum, Watseka, Sheldon, Beaverville and Iroquois. Sheldon Library will be accepting donations of clothing, toys, gift-cards and non-perishable food, etc on Monday thru Friday from 1pm to 6pm and Saturday from 10am to 3pm. We will also be accepting donations at the fairgrounds from 1p to 3p this Sunday, October 21st. Just look for us at the Swine barn. If you have any questions please contact the Sheldon Library at 815-429-3521 or call Nita Dubble at 815-867-6037.
Illinois State Police and other emergency responders answered a call to a serious crash (Wednesday) on U.S. Route 24 in Iroquois County, near the Indiana border.
It was a three vehicle mishap at 3190 E just after 4 pm. Drivers were identified as Patricia J. Allford, 70, Sheldon... Howard R. Kissack, 82, Watseka... and Daniel D. Morgan, 53, Terre Haute, IN
Patricia Allford was eastbound on Route 24 behind the Semi driven by Daniel Morgan of Terre Haute, IN. Police reports indicated Allford attempted to pass the Semi and struck Howard Kissack’s van head-on. Kissack was westbound on Route 24. Both vehicles then hit the rear of the semi.
A passenger in Kissack’s van --- Michael Strong of Rockford --- was airlifted from the scene to Carle Hospital in Urbana. Allford and Kissack were taken by ambulance to Iroquois Memorial Hospital and later airlifted to Carle Hospital.
Patricia Allford was cited by Sate Police for Improper Lane Usage.