Metro-East News

Weather blamed for 23 metro-east crashes in 12 hours

Illinois State Police troopers were nearly overwhelmed Monday handling traffic crashes caused by heavy rainfall.

According to state police spokesman Calvin Dye Jr., troopers handled 23 crashes between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday.

While they were scattered across the metro-east, most of the wrecks occurred on interstates 64, 70 and 270.

“There were no serious injuries, fortunately,” Dye said. “We did have a couple of transports but none of the injuries were life-threatening.”

In almost every case, Dye said, the crashes were caused by motorists driving too fast for conditions.

“It never fails,” Dye said. “Every year with first major rain storm or snow storm we see a tremendous increase in the number of crashes we handle. People drive like its still sunny and dry. They drive too fast and if they have to brake or swerve their car skids and they’re out of control.”

Dye said motorists should make sure before bad weather strikes that their windshield wipers are in good condition.

He also suggests that motorists not be afraid to pull over and wait out the storm if visibility becomes too bad to safely navigate roadways.

“If it gets too bad, we suggest pulling over and waiting for rain to pass, Dye said. “If you feel that you can no longer see the road, pull over to the right shoulder and make sure to turn your hazard lights on.”