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Area’s taste of winter rather bland

Only handful of minor accidents come with snow

Slick roads were troublesome for drivers in the area Tuesday, but by the afternoon — as the weather calmed — so did the traffic incidents.

The Grundy County Sheriff’s Department tended to four minor accidents throughout the morning and early afternoon, said Sheriff Kevin Callahan. The worst resulted in a minor injury for a driver in a single-car accident.

A vehicle at Pine Bluff and Jugtown roads rolled over due to the icy roadways at about 11 a.m., said Callahan. The department also had reports of three other minor accidents.

Morris Police Chief Brent Dite said the city had a couple of small property damage accidents, but nothing major during the day Tuesday.

“(U.S) 6 and (Illinois) 47 are pretty clean,” said Dite. “The side streets are a little slushy.”

With the sleet and rain changing to snow and gradually getting lighter by the afternoon, both the sheriff and chief hoped the traffic incidents had concluded for the day.

Snow plows from the city, county, townships and state were clearing roads, said Callahan. 

“The overall conditions are good now and people are driving in a sensible fashion,” said Dite.

Tpr. Craig Graham of the Illinois State Police District 17 said late Tuesday afternoon they had numerous service calls for vehicles in ditches and about a dozen semi trucks that lost control on the highway, including two that jackknifed.

None of the accidents turned out to be very serious, he said.

“As of right now, we are pretty clear, but it might start up again at 8 or 9 this evening,” said Graham.

In a press release, the state police remind everyone that safety is every drivers’ responsibility. Snow is expected to continue throughout the week and the police advise drivers to give themselves extra time to make it to their destinations, to slow down and give enough space between vehicles.

If extreme weather conditions continue, the state police encourages drivers to exchange insurance and driver information if an accident occurs without injury or severe damage, in order to keep drivers safe and the roads clear. Motorists can file crash reports within 10 days of an accident. If medical attention is needed, police should be called.

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