Woman hospitalized in critical condition in snow-related crash

News-DemocratJanuary 6, 2014 

A 23-year-old woman was hospitalized in critical condition after a Sunday afternoon crash near Freeburg.

According to Illinois State Police reports, the woman was at a stop in the southbound lane of Illinois 13 near Blacksmith Shop Road because of whiteout conditions when she was rear-ended by another motorist who claimed he couldn't see her car.

As rescue crews worked to get the woman out of her 2005 Chevrolet and transport her to the hospital, several other passing vehicles crashed while trying to avoid the original accident, according to Illinois State Police spokesman Calvin Dye Jr.

Injuries to the other driver in the original accident or the occupants of cars involved in the later crashes were not believed to be life-threatening.

Police did not reveal the names of the people involved in the collision which is still under investigation, according to Dye. State Police have not decided if they will seek any charges in relation to the crash.

Dye said state police had a total of 290 calls Sunday. About 230 of them involved motorists who suffered breakdowns or who got stuck and 20 of them involved traffic accidents.

Contact reporter Scott Wuerz at swuerz@bnd.com or call 239-2626.

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