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Illinois and Indiana fatal traffic crashes

Traffic fatalities reported in Livingston and Vermilion counties and in Tippecanoe County, Indiana.

Indiana State Police report five people were killed after a semi crash on Interstate 65 early this (Friday) morning.

Police said a tanker was traveling too fast when it entered the construction zone near the State Road 43 exit. The tanker hit a car that was pushed into the embankment. The tanker then hit a minivan before rear ending another semi carrying frozen chicken. A fire then started and spread from the tanker to the minivan.

State Police confirmed five fatalities with one of those being the driver of the tanker. A man, woman and child in the minivan were killed, as well as the driver of the car pushed into the embankment.

All of their identities are being withheld until families are notified.

The crash closed I-65 southbound at the State Road 43 exit. The northbound lanes re-opened around 6:30 am.
In Livingston County, the 30-year-old driver of an SUV was dead at the scene of a crash in Long Point Township. It was at 300 E Road. The victim's vehicle was hit by a northbound vehicle.

The crash is being investigated by Illinois State Police and the Coroner's office. An autopsy was ordered by Coroner Mike Burke.

And in Vermilion County, a two car crash Thursday morning killed a Ridge Farm woman. 60-year-old Amy Pipes was ejected from her vehicle when it collided head-on with a car driven by 20-year-old Shelby Smith of Catlin.

A state police reconstruction team is investigating. The crash happened on the Westville-Catlin Road at 7:15 am.

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Illinois Jobless rates drop In June

Unemployment in the Land of Lincoln is down. June was the sixteenth consecutive month that saw Illinois unemployment rates fall. State and federal statistics show the statewide rate for June was five-point-nine-percent, down from the peak in January 2010 of 12-point-two-percent.

Kankakee's unemployment was six-percent, down from 7.9% in June of 2014.

All of the state's metro areas saw the jobless rate decline last month compared with June 2014, while the number of jobs rose in all of the areas except Carbondale, Peoria and Decatur.

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Recovery Center opens Friday in Watseka

A Multi-Agency Resource Center opens Friday in Watseka to provide assistance for flood victims.

The Center will help with recovery efforts from the flood that affected Watseka and rural parts of Iroquois County.
The Center will locate in the former Ford Lincoln dealership building on Route 1 North. The Resource center will be open from Noon to 8 pm.

Several charities, non-profit organizations, and other agencies will be present to assist individuals that have unmet needs as a result of flood damage.

Meanwhile, the city of Watseka continues with debris removal and pickup. debris will be picked up Friday and again next week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

City officials will continue to post updated flood recovery details on the city website at www.watsekacity.org

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Vermilion County crash kills 1, injures 1

A two vehicle crash near Westville this (Thurs) morning killed one of the drivers. The Vermilion County Coroner's Office reported the crash occurred around 7:15 am.

The Coroner's office and Illinois State Police investigated.

Coroner Peggy Johnson said the other driver was injured and transported to a hospital. The victim was a female. She was ejected from her car. The road was closed to complete the investigation.

Westville and Catlin Firefighters and the Georgetown and Medix Ambulance Services assisted at the scene. Vermilion County Sheriff's Deputies also responded.

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Gas Leak likely cause of Indiana house explosion

An explosion leveled a Benton County home and may have been started by a gas leak.

The Fowler Fire Department got the call just before noon Wednesday at the 8900 block of County Road W. 44 North.
Smoke coming from the home could be seen more than 10 miles away. The explosion caught surrounding trees on fire.
The owner of the home, Lon Rhanor, was not in the house during the explosion.

Firefighters were able to put out those flames within 30 minutes.

No injuries were reported.

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