Wintry conditions lead to accidents in the area
UPDATED 5:10 p.m.
CHAMPAIGN — Wintry conditions led to multiple accidents in the area on Monday, but police reported no injuries.
Champaign police Sgt. Robert Rea said there were between 16 and 20 accidents reported on slick streets in Champaign between noon and 1:30 p.m., most on the city’s northeast side, especially in the Neil Street and Marketview Drive and State Street and University Avenue areas.
“We had some vehicles slide on the slick roads, and a few of them ran into utility poles here and there,” Rea said. “We received no reports of injuries.”
Rea said a Champaign squad car was hit by another vehicle at State Street and University Avenue at about 1 p.m. Monday. Rea said the police officer went to a local hospital to be checked out, but no injuries were reported.
At about 4:20 p.m., police reported a vehicle hit a traffic light on North Prospect Avenue near the Meijer store.
Stacy Rachel, administrative services supervisor for Champaign Public Works, said a crew of seven people began salting Champaign streets at 11 a.m. Monday and would continue through the evening.
Urbana police reported two accidents on University Avenue shortly after noon on Monday. No injuries were reported in either accident.
John Collins, operations manager for Urbana public works, said his department used a fleet of seven trucks to salt city streets on Monday.
“It got really slick, and any time the forecast calls for scattered flurries, it is important for us to do something about it,” Collins said.
Tracy Wingler, maintenance supervisor for the Champaign County public works department, reported high winds in rural areas, but he said no salt was needed on county roads on Monday.
University of Illinois and Rantoul police reported no accidents in their jurisdictions on Monday.
The National Weather Service reported that small amounts of snow were melting and refreezing as the temperatures remained in the 20s, putting a light coating of ice on elevated roadss and bridges.
While heavy but brief snow showers and gusty winds produced little in the way of accumulation, visibility was reduced to less than a mile at times, according to the weather service.From the National Weather Service:
Prolonged period of snow showers across the area today has resulted in rather slick roads in central Illinois this afternoon.