TONICA — As snow covered roadways throughout the Illinois Valley, accident reports were coming in rapidly after 12:45 p.m. Sunday, including one with two injuries on Interstate 39.

At 1 p.m., Tonica firefighters and emergency medical technicians were called about a northbound Jeep rollover accident with two people injured on icy I-39 about a half mile south of the Tonica exit, according to La Salle County Sheriff’s Office. A La Salle ambulance was requested, too.

Tonica Fire Department issued a report, indicating at least one of the men in the Jeep was ejected from the Jeep.

“(One) victim had been removed from under the Jeep by passers-by before emergency personnel arrived. Oglesby Paramedic Ambulance was called for mutual aid,” Tonica Fire Department reported.

The driver, Robert J. Lewis, 22, of Ottawa and Troy B. Barron, 22, of Aurora were transported to Illinois Valley Community Hospital, Peru, according to La Salle County Sheriff’s Office. Barron was treated and released from IVCH, and Lewis was listed in fair condition this morning at St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria.

There was partial lane blockage, and Tonica Fire Department cleared the scene after about an hour and a half.

A second accident, with no injuries, occurred minutes later in the traffic back-up, as a vehicle entered a ditch, according to the sheriff’s office. A vehicle driven by Johnathan Hammond of Peru went out of control on the icy road surface and struck an embankment and debris from the previous accident.

Tonica firefighters were called to a single-vehicle rollover accident again at 8:13 p.m. Sunday, this time on Route 251 near North 18 th Road. The driver refused medical treatment at the scene and was not ticketed.

Other crashes Sunday:

  • Peru ambulance crews and a fire department rescue truck was were called to assist Dalzell Fire Department at a 1:20 p.m. crash west of the Dalzell Blacktop on Richards Street.
  • Two accidents had been reported at about 1 p.m. in Spring Valley.
  • An accident involving a car and a snowplow, requiring firefighters’ assistance, was reported just before 1 p.m. near 38 th Street and Route 251 in Peru.

Craig Sterrett can be reached at (815) 220-6935 or Follow him on Twitter @NT_NewsEditor.

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