Icy Conditions Cause Two Accidents on I-70 in Fayette County, Church Closures


There were two accidents Sunday morning on Interstate 70, in Fayette County, caused by ice on the road.
According to the Illinois State Police accident report, James A. Schumacher, age 56, of Teutopolis, was westbound at mile marker 67-1/2, just west of the Brownstown exit, driving a 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer, when he lost control on the icy road at 7:39 a.m. The vehicle ran off the road into the median and overturned landing on its top. Rural Med took Schumacher to Fayette County Hospital. Three passengers in the vehicle were not injured.

In another accident Sunday, at 8:16 a.m., Stephen Baxter, age 63, of Indianapolis, was westbound on Interstate 70, at the 53 mile marker, just east of the Mulberry Grove exit, in a 2009 Volvo semi tractor-trailer. According to the ISP accident report, Baxter was driving slowly due to the icy road. A 2015 Freightliner semi tractor-trailer, driven by Hugh E. Fine, age 59, of Heiskell, Tennessee, was also westbound and crashed into the rear of Baxter’s truck. Fine was cited for allegedly driving too fast for conditions. Baxter was taken to Fayette County Hospital. A passenger in Fine’s truck was not injured. Interstate 70 westbound lanes were closed for a time and traffic was diverted onto Rt. 40.

More accidents were reported through out the listening area, and the icy roads caused dozens of church closures on Sunday. Temperatures today are expected to stay above freezing in Bond County, hopefully helping roads stay ice free. But drivers are suggested to allow more time for travel and watch for any untreated roads and bridges.

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