Four accidents, two on I-70 and two on I-57, have been reported by the Illinois State Police. All four were snow related and occurred Thursday morning.
69-year-old Linda L. Jarvais, of Summerville, Pennsylvania, was eastbound on I-70, seven miles west of Vandalia, when she lost control of her vehicle on the snow covered roadway. Jarvais left the roadway on the right and struck a guard rail, coming to rest on the right shoulder. She was transported to Fayette County Hospital for treatment.
A vehicle driven by 60-year-old John E. Baumeister, of Vandalia, was westbound on I-70 when he lost control his vehicle, due to snow, and struck a concrete bridge wall just east of Vandalia. 73-year-old Norbert L. Sholtwedel, of Shumway, then struck the rear of the Baumeister’s vehicle. Baumeister was transported to Fayette County Hospital for treatment.
About two miles south of Effingham on I-57 a vehicle driven by 24-year-old Ashley N. Goldstein, of Effingham, began to slide on snow. A semi driven by 38-year-old Clinton D. Gillespie, of Maywood, IL, was unable to slow in time to avoid striking Goldstein’s vehicle. She was transported to St. Anthony’s Hospital in Effingham for treatment.
20-year-old Casey W. Holle, of Effingham, was merging onto I-57 northbound from Fayette Avenue, in Effingham, when she changed lanes to the left to avoid a semi truck coming up from behind. Holle’s vehicle slipped on the snow and skidded to the left until the vehicle struck the concrete median barrier. Holle was taken to St. Anthony’s Hospital for treatment.
Illinois State Police remind motorists when there’s “ice and snow – take it slow.”