Missouri woman injured in I-74 crash

Missouri woman injured in I-74 crash

URBANA — A Missouri woman was injured in an Interstate 74 crash about 7:45 p.m. Saturday.

Illinois State Police at Pesotum said Paula Baker, 51, of Philadelphia, Mo., was driving east on I-74, about three miles east of Urbana, when she lost control of her sport utility vehicle and crossed both lanes of traffic.

The SUV went off the road, struck the embankment and overturned. It came to rest on the driver’s side.

Baker, and her passenger, Paul R. Baker, 24, also of Philadelphia, Mo., had to be cut out of the vehicle. Both were wearing seat belts.

She was taken by ambulance to Carle Foundation Hospital, where she was listed in fair condition late Saturday night.

Baker was ticketed for driving too fast for conditions.

The accident was one of several that happened on icy roads in East Central Illinois Saturday.

Police reported several in the morning and more in the evening as the melting slush refroze when temperatures began to head back down.

“Our main concern is a lot of standing water on the roadway from the amount of rain and melting snow,” Sgt. Tony Shaw of the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office said Saturday night.

In Champaign, Sgt. Dave Griffet said there were several property damage accidents Saturday evening when the slush froze over.

One shortly after 7 p.m. involved a woman trapped in a van that went down an embankment on the east side of Duncan Road near Clark in west Champaign.

Firefighters had to use a rope to hoist the driver out of the ravine. The driver’s door was against the ground.

Griffet did not know if the woman was injured.

“We still have a lot of streets without any salt,” he said, urging motorists to give themselves plenty of stopping distance and to slow down.


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