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I-57 drama: police chase Thursday after man kills ex-wife’s husband, then kills himself

Two men are dead after an argument in Bridgeview (IL) and a police chase into Kankakee County Thursday. A 43-year-old man killed his ex-wife's husband, then took his own life after leading police on a chase down I-57.

Sergio Ramirez-Abeja shot and killed Santiago Garcia-Mendoza, according to police reports. The shooting occurred outside an apartment in Bridgeview just before 2 pm.

Abeja then led police down I-294 and I-57 to the Bradley area. There, police said he made a U-turn on I-57 and headed back north. He crashed his vehicle near Peotone and shot himself.

Up to two dozen police vehicles were involved in the pursuit. No other injuries were reported in the original shooting or in the police chase.

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Manteno jobs: Dawn Foods announces layoffs

Michigan-based Dawn Foods is cutting 40 percent of its 91-member workforce at its Manteno facility. Thirty-seven jobs will be eliminated from the Diversatech campus at the end of the month.

A news release issued this week (Wednesday) states the layoffs are effective January 29.

The company adds, it will continue to pursue new business opportunities for the facility.

Dawn Foods has about 4,000 employees worldwide. The company is one of the world's largest full-service, family-owned baking industry manufacturers and suppliers. The company has operated in the Manteno business park since 2007.

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Danville plant layoff costing 180 jobs

FreightCar Inc., a Danville railroad car manufacturer is announcing it will be cutting 180 jobs from its operation. According to the recent Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) report, the company will carry out the layoffs in February.

FreightCar Inc. also has plants in Muscle Shoals, Ala., and Roanoke, Va.

The workers will not be called back, according to the WARN report.

FreightCar has owned and operated the Danville location since 1995. The company's unionized workforce has been as high as 500, according to Vermilion County officials. In recent years the company's workforce has been in the 200 to 250 range.

FreightCar Inc. brought back more than 100 workers to the Danville location with promises of work and being able to retire from the plant. However, two years later, the large staff reduction was announced.

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30 cars involved in snowy I-70 pileup in Indiana

Snowy roads contributed to traffic mishaps in the Illiana area Tuesday. Route 45 in Bourbonnais, I-57 and I-55 experienced weather-related accidents. No serious injuries were reported. There were accidents along I-65 in Indiana and I-74 in the Champaign-Vermilion County areas too.

Westbound Interstate 70 was closed several hours after a massive pileup near Richmond, IN Tuesday morning. Snow and wind are being blamed for the crashes that involved as many as 30 cars and several tractor-trailers. Some injuries were reported, but Indiana State Police were still gathering information as to how severe the crashes were. State Police said it took hours to clear the road and drivers were being asked to avoid the area.

The winter elements may pose more problems in the days ahead. State Police and IDOT advise motorists to be aware of changing road conditions as roads become snow-covered.

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Emergency responder injured at crash scene in White County

At least two people were injured after an ambulance was hit while on the scene of a crash on I-65 Tuesday morning.
Sargent Kim Riley with Indiana State Police said the original accident happened when a car failed to see a slowed semi and crashed.

An ambulance was dispatched and arrived on the scene of the accident to tend to minor injuries. While parked on location of the crash, a second semi collided with the ambulance causing significant damage to the vehicle.
One of the emergency responder was transported to a hospital with unknown injuries. The driver of the car suffered minor injuries.

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