Metro-East News

Rash of crashes keeps Belleville Fire Department busy

A crash on North Belt West that partially shut the roadway down for an hour is the latest in a series of crashes that have kept the Belleville Fire Department busy over the past 24 hours.

According to Fire Department Chief Tom Pour, at about 11:35 a.m. Tuesday a pair of minivans collided at the intersection of North Belt West and Foster Drive near the Farmer’s Market store.

“A female driver who was by herself in one minivan pulled out and got T-boned by a second minivan,” Pour said. “We had to cut the door off to get the driver out. Three people were transported to the hospital. But it didn’t appear that any of them had serious injuries.”

The wreck kept some lanes of North Belt West closed for about an hour while first responders did their work, bottle-necking traffic.

Less than an hour earlier another crash on the Beltline created a scary situation — but left no one seriously injured.

Pour said a driver veered off North Belt West and hit a sign before striking another vehicle.

“That one was spread out over a couple of blocks,” Pour said. “The driver may have had a medical situation that caused them to lose control.”

Firefighters dealt with four crashes Monday afternoon.

There was a three-car crash on Green Mount Road about 3:30 p.m. When Belleville firefighters arrived at that crash, they realized it was just outside of city limits and the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department and East Side Fire Protection District had already been summoned.

That allowed rescuers to be freed up to return to a crash at South Belt East and Freeburg Avenue which occurred nearly simultaneously with the Green Mount Road crash. Pour said firefighters drove past it on their way to the first call.

About an hour later, there was a crash between a car and a light pole at Green Mount Road and Belle Valley Drive.

“A couple of minutes later we had a report of a crash at Scheel and Sherman (streets),” Pour said. “Fortunately, that one turned out to be pretty minor.”

No one was hurt in any of the Monday crashes, Pour said.