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Archive for December 12th, 2010

Massive I-80 crash sends three to area hospitals

Posted by wlpo on December 12, 2010

A pile up that shut down westbound Interstate 80 near the Ladd and Spring Valley exit sent several people to area hospitals.

The accident Sunday morning included 15 cars and nine semis.

Mary Nahs of Peoria was taken to Illinois Valley Community Hospital before being transferred to St. Francis Medical Center where she’s in good condition.  Henry Moore of Kansas City, Missouri was taken to St. Margaret’s Hospital where he was treated and release.  Rafal Zarebczan of Chicago was also taken to St. Margaret’s Hospital.  He was in guarded condition Monday morning.

Blowing snow created white out conditions yesterday that made driving dangerous.  Both lanes of westbound 80 were reopened around 8pm Sunday.

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Christmas tree theft

Posted by wlpo on December 12, 2010

PEKIN, Ill. (AP) – A central Illinois mother says a man drove off with the family Christmas tree after it broke loose and tumbled off the roof of her car. Angie Morrison tells the Pekin Daily Times she bought a second tree, using money she says could’ve gone for gifts. She’s using the theft to teach her daughters about right and wrong.

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winter storm is with us

Posted by wlpo on December 12, 2010

More snow and high wind gusts are coming our way this Sunday. The effects of this winter storm likely will linger into Monday. The National Weather Service says the Blizzard Warning for Bureau and Putnam counties will end at Noon, however; the winter storm warning for LaSalle County will not end until midnight Sunday. Perhaps 3 – 5 inches of additional snow could fall north of I-80 today and 1 – 3 inches south. Winds with gusts of 45 mph are expected through the day. White out conditions may occur in open rural areas. Visibility could be down to ¼ mile or less. If you must travel, take an emergency survival kit and a cell phone. Let someone know what route you’ll be taking. A listener to 99-3 WAJK said he experienced near white-out conditions about 6:30 Sunday morning on Route 34 between LaMoille and Princeton.  Check out website am 1220 wlpo.com (993wajk.com , 20inarowcountry.com) for our list of cancellations and postponements

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Flint Hills safety record

Posted by wlpo on December 12, 2010

It’s been nearly three years since there’s been a work related injury or illness at a chemical plant in Peru. Officials at Flint Hills Resources say as of Friday, they’ve gone 900 days without a recordable incident according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards.  Their prior record was 868 days. The Flint Hills Resources produces expandable polystyrene. 

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