HUDSON, Ill. (AP) -- Authorities say a central Illinois firefighter was killed and five of his colleagues injured when a tractor-trailer hit three emergency vehicles.
The emergency responders were working at the scene of a previous freeway accident at the time. The name of the dead firefighter from the village of Hudson hasn't been released.
McLean County Coroner Beth Kimmerling says that at about 9:45 p.m. Tuesday, emergency responders were dispatched to a multiple-vehicle wreck on southbound Interstate 39 near Hudson.
An hour later, a southbound tractor-trailer hauling a load of automobiles lost control and hit three of the emergency vehicles belonging to the Hudson Community Fire Protection District and the Illinois State Police.
CHICAGO (AP) -- The National Weather Service in the Chicago area is getting preliminary snowfall totals after a winter storm moved through northern Illinois.
The weather service says Wednesday that 9.6 inches of snow fell in Rockford, 9.2 inches at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport and 8.7 inches in the western Chicago suburbs. Those totals come from official National Weather Service observations.
At WGFA Radio in Watseka, 4.2 inches was measured with 5 and 5.2 recorded south of Watseka and at Milford.
Several schools in Iroquois and Ford County are closed today (Wed).
Weather service forecasters say snow isn't unusual in Chicago and Rockford during March. They say the normal March snowfall is 5.6 inches in Chicago. In Rockford it's a little less, about 4.8 inches.
ILLINOIS STATE POLICE ISSUE WINTER WEATHER TRAVEL ADVISORY
Springfield – Illinois State Police (ISP) officials statewide are issuing snow travel advisories and are urging motorists to plan ahead and take the necessary safety precautions while traveling on interstates and state roads.Drifting snow, wet and icy road conditions may disrupt travel and motorists should allow extra time when making travel plans.
Winter driving incidents are preventable.Statewide, ISP handled more than 1200 calls for service and motorist assists during the last three day storm. Drivers should plan accordingly and make safety a priority by driving at a safe speed, allowing plenty of distance from other vehicles to safely maneuver, ensuring vehicle lights are functioning properly, watching for snow removal equipment, and exiting the road to a safe location if driving conditions become too hazardous.
Illinois State Police are advising the motoring public to take the necessary safety precautions before getting behind the wheel.Motorists should reduce speeds and drive at safe distances.Unless medical attention is required, any motorists involved in accidents are advised to exchange insurance and driver information to keep drivers and passengers safe and roads clear,” said ISP Director Hiram Grau.
When crashes occur during extreme weather conditions, the ISP encourages motorists to exchange insurance and driver information to keep motorists safe and the roads clear, unless medical attention is required.Motorists can file crash reports at the nearest ISP District within 10 days.
Iroquois County Policy & Procedure Committee Plans Thursday Meeting
Iroquois County Board Chairman Rod Copas has scheduled another Policy & Procedure meeting for this week.The 10:30 AM meeting Thursday ( March 7th) includes the Ford Iroquois Public Health Departmentandthe Iroquois Economic Development Association on the agenda.
Other committee appointments are included.
Copas also reports an audit is reviewing financial transactions of the health department.Copas points out questionable expenses, including $1,000 for floral arrangements and $500 for gift cards to a sporting good store and charges to restaurants.
The health department response, from board members, details the expenses.The health department says it’s marketing and door prizes for program needs.