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Icy roads to blame for flurry of vehicle crashes in DeKalb County

December 3, 2018

DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office officials said icy roads caused at least five crashes within three hours Monday morning throughout DeKalb County, with one crash putting five vehicles in a ditch.

Lt. Jim Burgh said roads seemed more slippery and ice-covered than drivers might have known.

“It seemed like it was worse along the third stretch from west of DeKalb out to County Line Road,” Burgh said.

He cautioned drivers to be aware of problematic road conditions, which can be dangerous even when it’s not snowing.

“Slow down a little bit, even under the speed limit,” Burgh said. “Speed is the cause of [these accidents], and sometimes [drivers] can’t even see it.”

Burgh said no injuries were reported in any of the crashes:

6:34 a.m.

According to a news release from the sheriff’s office, an SUV was westbound on state Route 72, east of state Route 23 in Kirkland the driver lost control of the vehicle, resulting in a rollover.

7:03 a.m.

A 2013 Jeep Patriot slid into a 2018 Honda CR-V at the intersection of Keslinger and County Line roads, according to a news release.

“Someone lost control on the ice and read-ended the other one, because they weren’t able to stop on time,” Burgh said.

7:47 a.m.

Burgh said the driver of a Ford Explorer rolled on the ice at Route 38 and John Huber Parkway in DeKalb.

8:44 a.m.

Five vehicles went into a ditch because of the ice along Route 38 near Willrett Road in Malta Township just before 9 a.m., Burgh said.

″[They] all kind of went off [the road] around the same time,” Burgh said. “Four vehicles were in the ditch, and a fifth one was a rollover.”

That fifth vehicle, a 2008 Ford Focus, rolled over on its side in the ditch along Route 38.

“The [Ford Focus] driver was able to get out of the car on her own, and was checked off by the ambulance on scene,” Burgh said.

All five vehicles needed to be towed from the scene, Burgh said.

9:17 a.m.

Two vehicles crashed head-on into each other at the intersection of Pine and and Ridge roads in Genoa Township, according to a news release.

Burgh said a Dodge Ram was turning left off Pine onto Ridge and struck a 2018 Jeep after sliding on the ice.

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