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Farm Safety Week – Drivers urged to be alert for farm equipment

This is Farm Safety Week. The Fall harvest is underway. Motorists need to be extra careful and aware of slow moving farm equipment on roadways.

Area police agencies are asking the motoring to realize that farm equipment includes not only tractors and combines, but grain trucks, grain wagons, truck tractor semi-trailers, auger wagons and trailers. Such equipment should be marked with a slow moving vehicle emblem.

Farmers are hitting the roads with their farm equipment, headed for the fields. Crashes involving farm equipment are not uncommon in Illinois; a state where the majority of over-all land is farmland. East-central Illinois records some of the highest farm equipment crashes.

Officials remind motorists that patience and courtesy is key to safety on the road. It is critical to use caution, slow down and share the road. Studies show that left-turn, rear-end and passing collisions are the most common types of accidents involving motorists and farm machinery.

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U.S. 421 wreck kills one in White County

A traffic mishap in White County, IN Sunday afternoon killed one person. A second driver may have been driving under the influence.

White County Sheriff Pat Shafer said the crash happened around 3:30 pm at U.S. 421 and County Road 900 North, just north of Monon. Shafer said when a westbound vehicle entered the intersection, it hit a vehicle traveling on U.S. 421 The driver was killed.  Names of those involved have not been released.

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Tornado, Thunderstorm Warnings Expire; Flood warnings issued

A thunderstorm warning was elevated to tornado warnings for parts of Illiana Friday night. The WGFA-listening area was hit with heavy rains. Reports of 1-2 inches fell again -- AFTER 1.5 to 2 inches was recorded early Friday morning.

Thunderstorms and lightning again forced area high school football games to be postponed. Several local games will be played today (Saturday).

There was a tornado warning issued for south-Chicago suburbs. The National Weather Service survey teams will be visiting the Monee and Frankfort communities in Will County today (Sat) to review damage from reported-tornadoes.

Tornadoes were reported in Cook and Will counties.

Flash flood warnings were also issued Friday night after heavy rain and ping pong-sized hail. Trees were downed and yard debris scattered.

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Detours planned in Newton, Iroquois County

Illiana area motorists may want to note that road work in the next week or two will forced scheduled detours.  The Illinois and Indiana Departments of Transportation announced detours for the week of September 21 and September 28.

In Newton County, Indiana --- beginning Monday 9/21, U.S. Route 24 between U.S. 41 and State Road 55 will be closed while a work crew will perform a chip seal and fog deal operation to preserve the road service.  The project will continue for a couple of days, weather permitting.  The prpoject depends on dry weather, so the work could be delayed if conditions aren't ideal.

In Iroquois County --- The Illinois Department of Transportation will close the the Route 52 - Union Pacific Railroad grade crossing just off Illinois Route 1 south of Martinton.  The closure is planned for Monday, September 28 and will last about four days.  The railroad will repair the crossing.  A detour, using Route 52 and 24, will be in effect.

Motorists are ruged to use caution along the detour route.

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Four-way stop, in effect, in White County, IN

The intersection of U.S. 231 and State Road 18 in White County is back to a four-way stop. It was made effective Tuesday, September 8.

The Indiana Department of Transportation announced the White County intersection at U.S. 231 and State Road 18 has been switched back to a four-way stop.
U.S. 231 and State Road 18 traffic will both stop and yield to oncoming vehicles.

INDOT has installed message boards to alert drivers to the change.

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