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IDOT welcomes comments on historic bridge replacement project at Milford

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is in the process of replacing the Illinois Route 1 bridge at Milford. But the 75-year-old structure is labeled a "historic structure," so interested organizations with any desire to save the bridge can write IDOT.

IDOT's District 3 office in Ottawa welcomes letters of interest through May 2. Direct comments to IDOT, District 3, 700 E. Norris Drive, Ottawa, IL 61350. Calls can be made to 815-434-8569.

Upon approval, the bridge could be relocated rather than be demolished.

The Route 1 bridge, built in 1939, carries the CXS Railroad over the highway. It's listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The structure is in critical need of repairs. Phase one of the project could begin as early as this fall. Phase two involvers a plan to build a new bridge.

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Semi-train colission in Iroquois County

The driver of a semi was treated for non-life threatening injuries after his semi was hit by a freight train Friday in rural Iroquois County.

36-year-old Joseph Freeman of DeKalb failed to stop at the railroad crossing at County Roads 600 N and 1800 E.  The box trailer portion of the semi was struck by the Union Pacific train, which was headed southwest at a private drive, according to Sheriff's Police.  

Cissna Park Fire EMS and IMH EMS answered the call.  Freeman was treated at Iroquois Memorial Hospital. No other injury was reported.

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House fire claims two young lives in Champaign

Two people died from injuries in a weekend house fire in Champaign.  22-year-old Christian Sheehan and 26-year-old Sara Shuler were identified as the victims.

The cause is under investigation by the Illinois State Fire Marshall and the Champaign County Coroner's office. An autopsy will be performed today (Monday).

The Knapp Funeral Home of Cissna Park is handling arrangements for Christian Sheehan. 

Champaign firefighters responded to the fire at 1802 Cypress Drive at 4:15 Saturday morning.  Sheehan was pronounced dead at 5:12 am Saturday at Presence Covenant Medical Center.  Miss Shuler was pronounced dead just before 6 pm at Carle Hospital.

Other details about the fire are under investigation.

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Semi fire shuts down I-65

Indiana State Police shut down I-65 in White County Sunday evening after a semi fire. Police said the semi carrying auto parts caught fire around 7 pm.

Traffic was backed up more than nine miles.

Emergency crews were able to douse the blaze and one lane was re-opened about 8:30 pm. The northbound lane was closed again around 10 pm to complete the cleanup effort.

No one was injured.

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Flu restricts visitors at IMH

Effective today (Friday 3/25), Iroquois Memorial Hospital is implementing visitor restrictions to the hospital due to the increase of influenza activity. These restrictions do not apply to the Iroquois Resident Home at this time.

Visitor restrictions include:
• No visitor under18-years-old is allowed to visit any unit.
• A maximum of two individuals 18 years of age and older are able to visit at any one time.
• Visitors with symptoms of upper respiratory infection should refrain from visiting. If visits must occur for a patient's well-being, visitors with symptoms will be required to wear a mask.
• Patients who are in isolation for flu treatment will be limited to receiving only those visitors who are essential for their emotional well-being and care.

"Iroquois Memorial Hospital and the IMH Satellite Clinics have seen an increase in influenza-like-illness recently we feel it was important to restrict visitors for the well-being of our patients," said Leslie Cottrell, RN MSN, IMH Nurse Lead.

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) recommends contacting your doctor before going to an emergency department if you are experiencing flu symptoms.

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