The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that beginning today (July 22, 2013), US 45 between 1900 N. Road and 2000 N. Road in Gilman will be closed temporarily in order to make repairs to a box culvert. This box culvert is located 1.5 miles north of US 24.
The northbound detour route will be US 24 west to I-57 north to IL 116 east to US 45. The southbound detour route will be IL 116 west to I-57 south to US 24 east to US 45. The Department regrets any inconvenience this will cause and asks that motorists proceed with caution through this area.
Local public health officials received verification of laboratory tests today on a bird collected in Iroquois County.
According to Doug Corbett, Public Health Administrator, a crow was found in Gilman on July 16th and submitted to the health department for testing. Corbett stated that laboratory tests received today confirmed that the bird was positive for the West Nile virus.
Corbett said the season for West Nile virus will not be over until the weather is much cooler and mosquito larvae are not capable of development. He said if we have rain in the next few weeks and the temperatures stay elevated, we still have the potential for further mosquito crop development.
The health department, again, offers advice to residents to protect themselves against the West Nile virus. Get rid of any water-holding containers such as tin cans, buckets, drums, bottles and old tires. Fill in low places where water can stand in your yard. Keep gutters free of leaves and debris. Keep drains, ditches, and culverts free of weeds and trash so water will drain properly.
Gridley crash victim identified, two others hospitalized
The McLean County Coroner's office identified the victim killed in a Saturday afternoon crash near Gridley. And two people remain hospitalized following the crash between a pickup truck and an SUV.
The victim has been identified as 72-year-old John Bruner of Fountain Inn, South Carolina. He and his fiancee were traveling from Iowa to Indiana on Route 24 when they were hit by a westbound SUV which has crossed into the eastbound lane.
State Police report it happened just west of County Road 1800 East. The SUV hit the pickup truck Bruner was driving.
Bruner was pronounced dead at the scene. Bruner's fiancee, 75-year-old Katherine Daniel from Virginia, was taken to Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal, where she is in stable condition.
The driver of the SUV, 18-year-old Brady McWilliams of El Paso, was air-lifted to Peoria, where he is stable. State Police report McWilliams was ticketed for improper lane usage.
A two-vehicle crash on Route 150 Friday left a Fithian man dead. 58-year-old James Davis II was pronounced dead at the scene. Illinois State Police say the accident occurred about 7:30 am at the Glover Overpass.
Davis was westbound about one mile east of St. Joseph. Troopers say 55-year-old Colleen Shields of St. Joseph was eastbound along the highway. Davis reportedly pulled into the path of Shields vehicle.
Shields was taken to Carle Hospital in Urbana.
The crash remains under investigation by Illinois State Police and the Champaign County Coroner.