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Woodford Times - Peoria, IL
  • Slick conditions cause at least one fatality across region

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  • PEORIA — Slick roads have led to one fatality as accidents piled up across the city of Peoria and the region Sunday.
    A 16-year-old female passenger was ejected from a car and pronounced dead at the scene. She was one of four people in her vehicle, all of whom were not wearing their seatbelts, according to an Illinois State Police release. All names of the people involved in the crash are being withheld until next of kin can be notified.
    About 10 a.m. Sunday, a 2003 GMC truck with four passengers was traveling westbound in the left lane of Interstate 74 at mile-marker 87 on Interstate 474. The car lost control, leaving its lane and crashing into a 2012 Toyota sedan, forcing both cars off the roadway and crashing into a guardrail along the road, according to Illinois State Police.
    Three of the five occupants of the truck were ejected, including the 16-year-old female who died. All parties were transported to Peoria hospitals, with passengers of the truck going to OSF Saint Francis Medical Center and the single passenger from the sedan going to UnityPoint Health-Proctor.
    The driver of the truck was cited for too fast for conditions, failure to secure a 15-year-old child in a seatbelt, and failure to wear a seatbelt. Two other passengers in the truck were also cited for failure to wear a seatblet.
    Peoria police said from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, there were 58 accidents and motorist assists, such as a disabled vehicle, in the city and county. Twenty-five of those were in the county.
    Traffic collision alerts went into effect at 9 a.m. for both the city and county after freezing rain came into the area around 8 a.m., according to Peoria police. Washington police started their collision alert in the early afternoon Sunday.
    Authorities encourage drivers to exchange insurance information in non-injury accidents in which cars are still able to drive and make reports after the alert has been lifted. Drivers have 36 hours after the end of the alert to report an accident in the city of Peoria. Motorists in Peoria County have within 48 hours.
    Sunday's forecast calls for temperatures to continue to drop through the day with a low of 0 degrees.
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    Robert Connelly can be reached at rconnelly@pjstar.com or 686-3251. Follow him on Twitter @RConnelly_PJS.
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