Slick roads connected to multiple car crashes in West Central, IL
Icy roads were the cause of a massive series of crashes on the Twin Eagles Bridge, Sunday.
A semi jack-knifed while going over the bridge and ruptured its fuel tank around 2:00 p.m. This caused diesel gas to spill on the bridge.
Then two cars were unable to reduce speed and ran into the sidewall of the bridge.
A fourth SUV coming over the hill was unable to avoid the wreck and then crashed into the semi.
The fifth car failed to slow down coming off the bridge and struck a semi that was parked further down the highway.
Police on scene said the weather and poor road conditions are to blame.
"IDOT's been doing a great job out here, but they can't keep up with the rain right now, and the temperatures hovering around the freezing mark probably contributed to the crash, yes," Tom Mavity with Illinois State Police said.
Police said this situation was just one of at least a dozen across West Central Illinois.
Meanwhile a truck was heading Westbound on Saint Anthony Road, when it lost control and struck another vehicle that was heading North on 48th Street, causing it to slide into the ditch.
Traffic was slowed but not stopped for around 30 minutes.
Slick road conditions were the main cause of the accident, and conditions outside will not be improving any time soon.
"I'd advise anyone that doesn't have to come out tonight to stay inside, but if you do have to come out tonight make sure you use caution and drive slowly," Quincy Police Officer Zachary Tuley said.
Two people were transported to Blessing with unknown, but minor injuries.