The one-vehicle crash in Iroquois County early Thursday killed a Crescent City man. The victim identified as Christopher McCullough. Coroner Bill Cheatum said McCullough's pickup truck left 1850N Road at hit a tree. A passerby noticed the wreckage about 2:30 am and called authorities. Sheriff's Police and Crescent City Fire were involved in the response.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the WGFA-WIBK listening area. The advisory is in effect tonight and thru Saturday afternoon. Starting off as rain, the system will bring snow that will be wet and heavy.
Accumulation amounts vary from 1-2 tonight, then 3-4 or 5-7 Saturday. Road conditions will change in a hurry. Easterly winds will be gusting to around 40 miles per hour at times.
A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for areas including Vermilion and Champaign Counties. A Winter Storm Watch remains in effect for Iroquois and Ford and Kankakee counties in Illinois...along with Benton, Warren, Fountain, Vermillion and Parke counties in West Central Indiana.
Three to six inches of snow, with locally higher amounts, can be expected in those areas. A glaze of ice is also possible.
Motorists are advised to be ready for difficult travel conditions, with a significant reduction in visibility possible.
There was another casulty overlooked in Tuesday's Iroquois County Primary returns. Incumbent Dan Pursley lost his seat in District 2 for Iroquois County Board. John Shure and Steve Huse were the winners. WGFA in-correctly stated the top three voter-getters were in, but only two in the district were elected.
Pursley and David Penny were unsuccessful candidates. Shure (501 votes) and Huse (458) were declared winners in District 2.
Two people who died (Wednesday) in a structure fire in Dwight are now identified as 46-year-old Guy Sassenger and 42-year-old Chad Weber. Both men were residents of the address at 110 Union Street.
The State Fire Marshall spent much of the day investigating. Livingston County Coroner Danny Watson issued a press release stating dental records, tattoo’s and interviews with relatives were used to make positive identification.
The fire broke out about 12:30 am at an apartment house along Route 47.
Dwight Fire Deputy Chief Justin Dyer explained the fire started in the kitchen area possibly on the stove. The fire had consumed much of the 1st and 2nd floor when firemen arrived. Damage was pegged at about $150,000.
Two others escaped without injury.
The Dwight Fire Department was assisted by Gardner, Odell, Braceville, Pontiac, Braidwood, Campus-Emington, Limestone, Coal City, Morris, Mazon, SELCAS ambulance along with Duffy ambulance.
Illinois State Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a vehicle that struck and killed a pedestrian on I-57 near Rantoul last night. The victim was identified as 21-year-old Francis Edelen, a U of I student and wrestler, from Manhattan (IL).
The accident occurred near milepost 253.5 near Rantoul. The vehicle that hit the victim left the scene.
The Pesotum District 10 State Police Post welcomes anyone with information. Call 217-867-2050
Troopers were on the scene of two separate crashes on the interstate between Champaign and Paxton.
Police were called to a 2-vehicle crash just before 9:40 pm on southbound I-57. The investigation revealed one of the drivers left the scene on foot, possibly to flag down help or get a ride. A short distance from the crash site, the pedestrian (Edelen) was hit and killed by an unknown vehicle in the right lane of traffic.