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January 22, 2018

1/11/2018 2:06:00 PM
Weather leads to 11 icy accidents on county roads
'Tis the season for icy roads causing accidents in Crawford County.

Since wintry precipitation landed in the county Sunday, county law enforcement departments have reported a total of 11 weather-related accidents.

The first was reported shortly before 10 p.m. Sunday near New Hebron.

Tanner Keeler, 22, Flat Rock, was driving a 2001 BMW when he lost control of the vehicle on the icy roadway. According to the Crawford County Sheriff's Office accident report, Keeler's vehicle ran off Duncanville Road near County Road 1200E and was later towed. Damages were estimated over $1,500.

Crashes continued early Monday, beginning about 5:25 a.m. when Robert Foreman, 35, Flat Rock, lost control of a 2005 Chevrolet on Duncanville Road near Illinois Route 1.

Foreman's vehicle slid off the road and crashed into a ditch. It was later towed with over $1,500 in estimated damage.

More than an hour later, a wreck on County Road 1350N near 635E ended with the driver being sent to the hospital.

About 6:44 a.m., Christopher Stephenson, 38, Oblong, was driving a 1995 Chevrolet when he lost control on the icy pavement and struck a nearby utility pole. The vehicle had over $1,500 in damage and was towed. Stephens was taken to Crawford Memorial Hospital.

Just after Stephenson's accident, another was reported on Duncanville Road near 950E.

According to county deputies, Kyle Watts, 19, Robinson, was driving a 1991 Chevrolet when he lost control on the ice and ran off the road before returning to the pavement and overturning.

Watts was not injured in the 6:52 a.m. crash, but damage to his vehicle was over $1,500.

The next accident was reported about 7:27 a.m. and involved two vehicles.

Candence Hoke, 21, Oblong, was driving a 2010 Chevrolet east on 700N near 850E when she lost control and slid in front of a westbound 2012 Chevrolet driven by Robert Miller, 37, Oblong.

Hoke was injured and transported to the hospital. Damages were estimated over $1,500.

Ice caused a Robinson man to lose control of his pickup near New Hebron shortly after 7 a.m.

Hunter Givens, 18, was driving a 1999 Dodge on 950E near Gun Club Road when he lost control. The vehicle left the road and struck a utility pole, with over $1,500 in damage.

An Oblong woman's 2005 Dodge was damaged in an accident about 7:15 a.m.

Lyndsey Ackman, 29, Oblong, was on 1200N near 900E when she lost control and ran into a ditch. Damage was estimated over $500.

A Robinson teen's pickup was towed after an accident about 7:50 a.m. Travis Thompson, 17, lost control because of ice on New Hebron Road near 600N and crashed into a ditch. The vehicle had over $1,500 damage.

Four people were injured in an accident near Stoy about 9:15 a.m.

According to the county accident report, Rebecca Shipman, 32, Robinson, was driving a 2003 GMC on 900N near 525E when her vehicle lost control on the ice, left the road, struck a ditch, rolled and struck a utility pole, before coming to a stop.

Two occupants were thrown from the vehicle. Shipman and three minor children were taken to the hospital. The vehicle had over $1,500 damage and was towed from the scene.

Three more crashes were reported near Palestine Monday.

Palestine Police Chief Jeff Besing responded to an accident about 6:49 a.m. on 1100N near 1650E. Lisa L. Clark, 50, Palestine, was driving a 2007 Chevrolet Z71 when she lost control on an icy bridge and struck a tree. Clark was taken to CMH.

At 7:59 a.m., Besing responded to County Road 950N west of 1300E. Larry A. Baker, 82, Robinson, lost control of his 1993 Ford Ranger truck while eastbound on icy pavement and struck a chain link fence owned by the Marathon refinery.

Neither Baker nor his passenger were injured in this accident. The vehicle was able to be driven from the scene.

At 8:43 a.m., Besing responded a wreck on County Road 1875E two miles south of East LaMotte in Palestine.

David E. Krenke, 72, Palestine, lost control of his 2005 Ford King Ranch on the icy roadw while northbound and struck two trees, a propane tank and a pole. The truck came to rest against a tree. Krenke was not injured.

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