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New school year begins, police stress safety

Summer vacation has come to an end and as students head back to the classrooms, area law enforcement officials are emphasizing safety. The motoring public is reminded to slow it down and be extra cautious in and near school zones.

School bus traffic is also another reminder for drivers to pay attention to slowing and stopped school buses. Traffic is required to stop in both directions for stopped school buses.

Today (Monday) is an abbreviated calendar day on day one for some school districts. Some districts have their first full-day of school Tuesday. Others are getting started later in the week or next week. Still other districts are already underway.

High school districts have fall semester after-school activities underway too. The football season begins this Friday night in Indiana --- North & South Newton meet in the season-opener. Hear the action on 94.1 WGFA.

Illinois schools are hosting pre-season scrimmages this Friday evening. The Illinois prep football season begins Friday, August 28th.

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I-57 crash kills Mississippi woman

A 53-year-old Mississippi woman was killed and two others injured Saturday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 57 in northern Champaign County.

Laurie I. Chandler of Corinth, Miss., was pronounced dead at the scene, about 5 miles north of Rantoul. Illinois State Police said Ms. Chandler was a passenger in a southbound vehicle that was hit by the flatbed trailer of a passing pickup.

The driver of the pickup pulling the trailer was identified as 43-year-old Jerry McCreary II of Loda. Police said he was passing the vehicle driven by 49-year-old Mechele Hamm, of Walnut, Miss., but the flatbed trailer hit the vehicle as he merged back into the right lane.

Hamm lost control and rolled several times in the grassy median.

Three others injured were taken to Carle Hospital in Urbana.

McCreary was ticketed for improper lane usage.

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Lafayette man dies in I-65 crash Saturday

One person is dead from a single-vehicle crash in White County, Indian Saturday night. Sheriff's Police said it happened along a detour on U.S. 231 near County Road 850 West.

The driver, 26-year-old Wilson Usedo of Lafayette died at the scene. Usedo was the only occupant in the car.
Sheriff's Police reported the northbound car ran off the road near a curve, returned to the roadway then rolled.

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White County, IN crash kills woman

A Friday afternoon crash in White County, Indiana killed 57-year-old Martha Leitzow of Monon.

Emergency crews responded to the intersection of U.S. 24 and County Road 300 East for a two-vehicle crash around 4 pm. The crash happened at the location of a flashing light between the city of Monticello and the town of Reynolds.

The victim was southbound on County Road 300 attempting to turn left onto U.S. 24. Leitzow collided with a westbound truck.

The White County Sheriff's Office said Leitzow had to be extricated from the vehicle. She was taken to an area hospital and later pronounced dead. Deputies said Leitzow's son was also injured. He was treated and released . The pickup truck driver was not injured.

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INDOT says I-65 closure will last a month

Indiana state highway officials now say it will be at least one month before Interstate 65 North is reopened over the Wildcat Creek.

Engineers and other experts report they have identified the solution is to install high-strength, small-diameter micropiles. INDOT said micropiles have been used effectively to stabilize other bridge piers around the country.

I-65 was closed down a second time last Friday (August 7) for public safety, when a pylon sank at least 7 inches.
INDOT reports construction is responsible for the current issues on I-65.

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