An un-identified driver was killed Thursday morning in Livingston County when a train hit his vehicle near Dwight. The vehicle reportedly rolled into a ditch and burst into flames after the impact, according to emergency responders. Dwight Fire personnel said the victim was dead at the scene. The accident happened around 10:30 am. A Norfolk-Southern Railroad train struck the vehicle at the crossing. Dwight Fire answered the call.
26-year-old Samuel Johnson of Gibson City was killed in a head-on collision Thursday evening on a rural road in Champaign County. Illinois State Police and the Champaign County Coroner’s Office investigated.
In a news release, Coroner Duane Northrup stated Johnson was driving his vehicle west on 3000 North near 1100 East when the car crossed the center line and hit a second vehicle head-on. Johnson was pronounced dead at the scene. Two people in the other car were taken to an area hospital. An autopsy for Johnson is scheduled.
The National Street Rod Association has entered into an agreement with Justin Nichols-Nichols Paint & Fab of Watseka, Illinois to give away a completed street rod at the Fifty-Third Annual Street Rod Nationals in 2022.
Nichols will furnish the Association with a 1934 Highboy Coupe that will be presented to a lucky rodder participating in the Street Rod Nationals.
Nichols Paint 'N Fab is a supporter of this association, having participated in a number of events. The street rod association states its glad to have them on board for the Fifty-Third Annual Street Rod Nationals. 2022 will be the Forty-First consecutive year which the National Street Rod Association will have given away such an outstanding prize.
Future updates on the vehicle build will be available in both StreetScene magazine and on the NSRA Facebook page and Instagram.
Illinois' statewide case positivity rate continues to decline. And The Iroquois, Ford and Kankakee County areas arenow allowed to make adjustments and get business activity moving again.
Region 6 (including Iroquois, Ford, Champaign and Vermilion Counties) returns to Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan. Region 7 (Kankakee and Will County) advances to Tier 1. The IDPH website has regions listed and their positions.
The Illinois Department of Public Health announced (Thursday) that Region 7, which includes Will and Kankakee counties, was moved to Tier 1 mitigations, while Region 6 in east-central Illinois moved back to base Phase 4 guidelines. That left only Region 4 in the Metro East region near the St. Louis, Missouri, border in the strictest Tier 3 mitigations.
Regions can move downward if test positivity rates meet certain levels, hospitalizations for COVID-19 decrease for at least seven of 10 days and at least 20 percent of hospital and intensive care beds remain unoccupied.
To move to Phase 4, a positivity rate must remain below 6.5 percent for three straight days, while a rate between 6.5 percent and 8 percent allows movement to Tier 1 mitigations and a rate from 8-12 percent allows movement to Tier 2 mitigations from Tier 3.
The Illinois Basketball Coaches Association is asking state officials to act to get prep basketball underway. The IBCA posted a letter on Twitter yesterday, urging the Illinois Department of Public Health and Governor J.B. Pritzker to allow high school basketball to be played this winter. COVID-19-related restrictions have been eased in most of the state, but the IDPH and the Governor’s Office still consider basketball to be a high-risk sport.