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February 6, 2014

Illinois State Police warn motorists of black ice

PESOTUM, Ill. — Illinois State Police District 10 officials are urging motorists to use extreme caution while traveling as the majority of the traffic crashes this morning are involving black ice.  Troopers have handled more than 65 incidents this morning, including 13 crashes and more than 50 motorist assists involving disabled vehicles stuck in the ditches and medians. There is ice on I-74 west of Champaign and I-72 in Piatt County around mile post 166. There are scattered ice spots all over District 10 on Interstates 57, 72 and 74. All two-lane roads are ice covered across Champaign, Douglas, Coles, Vermilion, Edgar, Moultrie, Piatt, Shelby and Macon counties.  

The forecast calls for very cold temperatures. Extremely cold temperatures and dangerous wind chills can be deadly. Stranded motorists are encouraged to remain inside their vehicles.   Motorists should use caution, reduce speed, and allow for extra travel time.

Motorists are reminded to use extreme caution when approaching stationary authorized emergency vehicles with their lights activated on the roadways. Authorized emergency vehicles include police, fire, EMS, and other emergency vehicles. It is the law to proceed with due caution, change lanes if possible, and reduce your speed. Move over and slow down. Also use caution when traveling near snow removal trucks and snow plows.  

A complete list of road closures can be found on the Illinois Department of Transportation website at www.illinoisroads.info and www.gettingaroundillinois.com or 800-452-4368.

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