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Champaign man identified in truck-pedestrian accident on Route 49

The Vermilion County Coroner's Office is working with Illinois State Police investigating a truck-pedestrian accident that killed a pedestrian. The victim has now been identified as 29-year-old Matthew Wheeler of Champaign.

Coroner Peggy Johnson said the accident happened (Thurs) night just after 9 pm. An autopsy was scheduled.

State Police say their investigation found the pedestrian was walking in the roadway along Illinois Route 49, a half-mile north of Vermilion County 2000 North Road when he was struck. The location was northwest of Fithian.

Police report the pick-up truck was driven by a 35-year-old woman. No charges were filed against the driver of the truck.

94.1 WGFA

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Kankakee County crash kills one, injures another

Bourbonnais Fire Protection District Chief Ed St. Louis tells WGFA News a two-vehicle crash near St. George this (Friday) morning may have been the result of the fog.  The call came in just after 7 am. Momence Fire also answered the call.

The crash occurred at the intersection of 6000E Road and 4000N Road about 7 a.m. Each of the two cars involved had just one person in each. The drivers, St. Louis said, were both trapped.


Kankakee County Sheriff's Police had traffic shut down.


Chief St. Louis said the fog prevented a LifeStar helicopter from getting involved in any rescue.......


Names of those involved in the accident have not been available.

94.1 WGFA

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APRIL IS DISTRACTED DRIVING MONTH

                                       "Phone in one hand – Ticket it in other"

Ashkum, IL- Illinois State Police District 21 covering Kankakee, Iroquois and Ford Counties are advising motorist of April being distracted driving month.

The Illinois State Police want to remind drivers of the dangers of distracted driving. As of January 1, 2014 the use of a hand-held cell phone device while behind the wheel is banned. Bluetooth headsets, earpieces, and voice activated commands are permitted.

The Illinois State Police District 21 will be conducting numerous details throughout the month of April. This initiative will focus on Distracted Driving and "Fatal Four" enforcement. The goal of the operation is to combine education and enforcement to achieve compliance with distracted driving and graduated driver's licensing laws.

94.1 WGFA

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Pedestrian hit and killed along Rt. 49

The Vermilion County Coroner's Office is working with Illinois State Police investigating a truck-pedestrian accident that killed a pedestrian. It happened last (Thurs) night just after 9 pm. State Police say their investigation found the pedestrian was walking in the roadway along Illinois Route 49, a half-mile north of Vermilion County 2000 North Road when he was struck. The location was northwest of Fithian.

Police report the pick-up truck was driven by a 35-year-old woman. No charges were filed against the driver of the truck.

The name of the man killed is being withheld pending notification of relatives. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

94.1 WGFA

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Flood Warning for Sugar Creek at Milford

THE NATL WEATHER SVC IN CHICAGO HAS ISSUED A FLOOD WARNING FOR THE FOLLOWING RIVERS IN IL.

SUGAR CREEK AT MILFORD AFFECTING IROQUOIS COUNTY

RAINFALL OVER THE LAST FEW DAYS HAS CAUSED RISES IN AREA RIVERS AND STREAMS.INCLUDING SUGAR CREEK.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS.

SAFETY MESSAGE.IF YOU ENCOUNTER A FLOODED ROADWAY.TURN AROUND AND FIND AN ALTERNATE ROUTE.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CAN BE FOUND AT WEATHER.GOV/CHICAGO.

ILC075-042348-
/O.NEW.KLOT.FL.W.0031.140404T1148Z-140406T0359Z/
/MILI2.1.ER.140404T0536Z.140404T1800Z.140405T2159Z.NO/
648 AM CDT FRI APR 4 2014

THE NATL WEATHER SVC IN CHICAGO HAS ISSUED A

* FLOOD WARNING FOR THE SUGAR CREEK AT MILFORD.
* UNTIL SAT EVENING.
* AT 600 AM FRI THE STAGE WAS 19.0 FEET.
* FLOOD STAGE IS 18.0 FEET.
* MINOR FLOODING IS OCCURRING & MINOR FLOODING IS FORECAST.
* FORECAST.THE RIVER WILL CONTINUE RISING TO NEAR 19.3 FEET BY THIS AFTERNOON. THE RIVER WILL THEN FALL BELOW FLOOD STAGE SATURDAY AFTERNOON.