Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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March 2, 2014

Ice, sleet make travel treacherous



     In the City of Effingham, Police Chief Mike Schutzbach is reporting that all side streets are completely ice covered and slick. State roadways have been salted and are an ice/slush combination, he added. He is grateful motorists appear to be heeding warnings about troublesome travel.

     "The roads in the city are very scarcely traveled," he said. "Being that it is Sunday, people are evidently staying home out of the weather."

     Schutzbach said that he will monitor the weather and additional officers will be put on duty during Monday morning commute if necessary.

     "We will be out patrolling and looking for motorists that are in distress tomorrow morning," he said.

     City police hadn't responded to any accidents as of Sunday afternoon.

     There were two accidents on the interstate overnight, sending several local people to the hospital.

     At 3 a.m., a southbound vehicle driven by Brianna Haag, 24, of Effingham left the icy roadway and struck the rear-end of a semitrailer on Interstate 57 near milepost 163. According to the Illinois State Police, Haag applied the vehicle's brakes on the curve near the trilevel overpass, leading the vehicle to spin out of control. The vehicle struck the rear-end of a semitrailer, driven by Roger L. Russin, 65, of Lakes Wales Fla., who had already driven into the ditch to avoid another accident in the same location.

     Two of the three passengers in Haag's vehicle were transported to St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital with injuries — Meghan Travis, 27, of Charleston and Nicole Davidson, 24, of Charleston. A third passenger in Haag's vehicle, Ashley Miller, 21, of Effingham had no apparent injuries. Haag was ticketed for traveling too fast for conditions.

    In an earlier accident, Kassidy Kingery, 16, of Teutopolis was traveling southbound on Interstate 57 when the vehicle she was driving exited the roadway to the right near milepost 176, just south of Neoga, at 11:57 p.m. Saturday. Kingery also was transported to St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital with injuries.

     Kingery was ticketed for traveling too fast for conditions.

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