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Crash between School bus and Car leaves 1 Man Dead

A Chevrolet hit the back of a school bus in Kankakee County, killing the driver on Thursday morning. A school bus for the Herscher school district was on Illinois Route 113 picking up a student for the high school. Its lights were on and flashing. At the same time, Matthew Ballenger, of Braceville, was heading [….]


Accident Hurts Two Children On Rural Road

The start of the Labor Day weekend did not turn out well for two children riding a mini-bike in rural St. Anne. On Friday night, a twelve-year-old St. Anne resident and an 11-year-old Momence resident were riding a mini-bike on East 4000S Road in a rural area of Kankakee County.  They were heading west on [….]


Teen Dies in Go-Cart Accident in Kankakee County

A teenage girl was killed when her go-cart went into the path of a pick-up in Essex Township in Kankakee County. Lynzee Josephson, of Ransom in LaSalle County, was driving a go-cart on the 4000 North section of 13000West Road in Essex Township on the afternoon of Tuesday, May 15th. A pick-up truck was heading [….]


Rollover Accident in Chebanse costs a Champaign man his life

A rollover accident early on the morning of February 12th on I-57 resulted in the death of a Champaign man. The search for the accident caused another accident when a squad car hit the back of a fire protection SUV as the drivers of both protective service vehicles were searching for the rollover accident. Eboni [….]


Manteno Teacher Killed During Morning Run

A Manteno resident was struck by a vehicle while he was jogging in the early morning hours of Tuesday, November 01, 2011. Manteno High School teacher and wrestling coach Cory Blanchette died at the scene and was pronounced dead at the scene by Kankakee County Coroner Robert Glessner. Blanchette was jogging southbound on North 3000E. [….]


Hersher: Calumet Man Dies in Motorcycle Crash

A Calumet resident died in a motorcycle crash on Monday August 29, 2011. The accident occurred in the western portion of Kankakee County as a school bus was dropping off children after school. Anthony Perry, 54, was driving eastbound on Illinois Route 17 near 8000 W. Road when he attempted to stop his vehicle. The [….]


Vacationing Couple Killed in Vehicle Accident in Massac County

Kankakee County residents Daniel Jones, 42, and DeeAnna Crawford, 41, were on their way home from a short vacation when their car was hit by a cargo van, killing them and injuring three others. The accident took place in the southern tip of Illinois near Paducah, Kentucky. Jones was driving a Kia compact car that [….]


Explosion at Hersher plant Sends Five Workers to Area Hospitals

A single “boom” on August 16, 2011, loud enough for neighbors to think a tree had fallen on their own house, indicated that an explosion had occurred at the Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America plant in Herscher in southwest Kankakee County.   Five people were hurt in the mid-morning explosion that caused a fire. [….]


Car veers off highway, drives through three backyards before stopping.

On Monday, June 13th, a car drove through the backyards of several homes in Bradley, Illinois. The driver was sent to the hospital after she was extricated from the car by the fire department. Sonja Grace, 67, of Herscher was southbound on I-57 when she lost control of her car. She hit the front end [….]


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 [….]