Car overturns in ditch in west Champaign; minor injuries to driver

Car overturns in ditch in west Champaign; minor injuries to driver

CHAMPAIGN — A man sustained minor injuries after the car he was in Wednesday morning went backwards down a steep embankment into the Copper Slough in west Champaign.

Champaign police Sgt. Tom Frost said the driver, whose name was not available, got out of the upside-down Buick Century belonging to his parents in Tolono, and took off. He was located not long after at a home on Avondale Drive and reported having scratches on his legs.

Frost said the man was visiting someone at the English Creek Court condominium complex on the east side of Duncan Road and just north of West John Street shortly before 11 a.m. when he put the car in reverse to pull out of a parking space. There is no fence or protective cable at the top of the grassy, weedy embankment, which goes down about 20 feet.

Frost said police could find no one who actually saw the car roll down the embankment into the creek, although the fire, police and tow vehicles attracted several onlookers.

Frost said people passing by noticed the car, which had lights on, and called for help.

Officer Randy Cunningham got down into the water, which was about 8 inches deep, and confirmed there was no one in the car.

Employees of Don's Towing put two winches on it to pull it up the embankment. It was heavily damaged.

Frost said because the accident happened on private property, there would be no official police report nor would the driver receive a ticket.

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