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Hit-and-Run Driver Sends Bicyclist to Hospital

A 51-year-old driver has been charged with fleeing from an accident that injured a man who was walking his bike across a street on July 21, 2012. A 53-year-old bicyclist was on the 3000 block of South Pulaski, walking his bike around 12:40 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. At the same time,  Chicago resident Sergio Nava [….]

Motorcycle Accident Leaves Two Dead in Collinsville

Two people died when their motorcycle hit a utility pole in southwestern Illinois according to authorities. The accident took place at 3:00 a.m. on Sunday, July 31, 2011.  Collinsville resident Brandon King, 25, was traveling west bound on St. Louis Road in Collinsville when he lost control of the 2007 Harley Davidson  motorcycle and hit [….]

Truck Collides with Amtrak Passenger Train, Leave Six Dead

As the Amtrak passenger train went through a crossing in Nevada on June 24, 2011, a semi-tractor trailer truck crashed through it, causing the train to catch fire and leaving six people dead. The California Zephyr train left Chicago and was headed to California at the time of the accident. It is unknown as to [….]

City Truck hits Pedestrians, 8 go to Hospitals

The Gold Coast neighborhood in Chicago was the scene of an accident involving a city truck and several pedestrians. The accident occurred Saturday, May 21, 2011 as people were walking and a photographer was conducting a photo shoot of a “bride and groom.”   The accident took place at the intersection of State, Rush and [….]

Manteno Man Killed in Crash

Early Sunday morning, a single automobile crash took the life of a Manteno man. Walter Waszak Jr., 36, was traveling north on Skyline Road in rural Kankakee County on March 27, 2011. Near 2624  North Road, Waszak’s c ar crossed the centerline and struck a mailbox. The auto then hit a culvert before rolling over. [….]

Two Southwestern Illinois Teens Die from Electrocution

Two high school students were electrocuted on March 3, 2011, leaving the town of Okawville, 40 miles southeast of St. Louis, to mourn their loss. On the day of the funerals, March 8, there were two shiny tractors sitting in front of the high school where both young men were students. Nick Bledsoe was his [….]

Accident discovered near Crooked Bridge, kills two.

A bridge area east of Clifton that has been the site of many accidents over the years was the scene of another accident Monday, February 21st. The Crooked Bridge area saw a rollover car accident that took the lives of two people.   Dave and Mary Gross of Buckingham were returning home Monday night after [….]

Accident in Rail Yard Leaves One Man Dead

A mishap in the Norfolk Southern rail yard in west Kankakee cost a Cabery man his life on Wednesday, February 9, 2011.   Stanley Watts, 43, was working in the yard in the afternoon as two train cars were being switched. According to the Kankakee County Coroner Bob Gessner, Watts became trapped between two cars [….]

Truck Crashes in Starbuck’s Building

Starbuck’s on Route 50 in Bradley was closed when a pick-up truck crashed into the south entrance on January 13, 2011. Four people were injured from this accident.   Jason Helmig was at the McDonald’s drive-thru with a five-year-old passenger when he began to suffer from an unidentified medical problem. Helmig’s truck accelerated, going north. [….]

Accident takes the life of Lansing Woman

Grant Park, in north-eastern Kankakee County, was the site of an accident that cost an elderly woman her life on November 2, 2010. Beatrice Poortenga was driving eastbound on 8000 North Road. At the intersection of Illinois routes 1 and 17, the 83-year-old Lansing, Illinois resident apparently failed to stop. According to Sgt. Angela Kinstner [….]