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Emergency crews report roadways hazardous again; woman dies in interstate crash

Street crews were busy across the area Saturday afternoon, including Fairview Heights, trying to avoid the icy conditions that plaqued the region Friday.
Street crews were busy across the area Saturday afternoon, including Fairview Heights, trying to avoid the icy conditions that plaqued the region Friday. dholtmann@bnd.com

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Police and emergency officials were reporting Saturday afternoon that roadways were again becoming icy.

And Illinois State Police reported that troopers in the metro-east were handling a fatal crash in the area of Interstate 270 and Insterstate 255.

State Police said the female driver of an SUV hit a slick spot and slid through the center median, then crashed head-on into a pickup. The driver of the SUV, a 2002 Isuzu, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the 2017 Dodge Ram truck was taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries that were considered serious but not life-threatening.

The identities of the drivers, along with other details of the crash, were not immediately available.

Trooper Calvin Dye Jr. said troopers were handling 14 crashes in the region at 5 p.m., including three on Interstate 55 near Hamel.

“We are dealing with the same conditions we were dealing with last night,” Dye said. “Please. We are encouraging people to stay in and stay safe.”

There were scattered reports of traffic crawling in trouble spots, including near the Poplar Street Bridge and on Interstate 70 near Pocahontas.

St. Clair County Emergency Management Agency reported that ice was starting to form on vehicles and on roadways in the Belleville, Caseyville, Freeburg and Troy areas. Vehicles were starting to go into ditches.

The Clinton County Sheriff’s Department reported roadways were starting to freeze over.

The National Weather Service said a winter weather advisory was in place until midnight Saturday. The freezing drizzle was expected to change to snow during the early evening hours.

About a half-inch of snow was expected to accumulate along with a glaze of ice, the weather service said. Winds were expected to reach 10 to 20 mph, with gusts up to 30 mph.

Police departments across the metro-east were encouraging motorists to use caution or avoid travel.

“The probability of having a crash is high with more freezing rain coming,” Dye said. “You dont want to be getting quotes on your car next week and spending unnecessary money this close to Christmas when it can be prevented by staying inside, unless you have to leave,” Dye said.

The St. Clair County Highway Department was planning to have truck crews out all night.

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