OREGON — An Ogle County Sheriff’s deputy suffered minor injuries when his squad was struck from behind as blizzard conditions spread across northern Illinois causing many secondary roads deemed “impassable.”
Saturday morning, the Ogle County Sheriff’s Office posted on Facebook about the crash, which occurred at Illinois Route 26 and Prairie Dell Road, in northwestern Ogle County.
“Thankfully, our deputy was in an SUV and walked away with minor injuries (all other parties were uninjured) after being rear-ended by a truck yesterday afternoon. This morning, deputies continue to report drifting and white out conditions in open areas. For everyone’s safety, slow down if you have to go out,” reads the post, which includes photographs of the two vehicles.
Late Friday afternoon, the sheriff’s office urged motorists not to attempt driving on county and townships road because of the high winds and blowing snow.
County and township snow plows worked throughout the day to try and clear drifts on rural roads. Those plows suspended efforts late Friday and resumed their efforts early Saturday morning.
Ogle County Sheriff Brian VanVickle thanked all fire and EMS departments who responded to calls throughout the storm.
“I would like to thank all the fire agencies that also responded. We had two multi-vehicle accidents at the same time and the working relationship with those agencies helped make sure that everybody was safe,” he said. “Polo and Forreston departments not only assisted with the injured, but also helped divert traffic during that time.”
The other multi-vehicle accident was at Illinois Route 26 and Haldane Road, between Polo and Forreston.
The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office also urged motorists to stay off all secondary roads until the storm passed.
On Saturday, the department posted this message: “Crews are working hard this morning to get the roads open. At this time, it is still recommended to avoid secondary roads. ... We are working on removing abandoned vehicles from the roads.”
Fifty-eight weather-related calls for service came in Friday and 67 vehicles were stuck in the roadways, according to the post.
The post said 26 people were transported to safety, four people slept in their vehicles and eight people slept at a fire department.
Officials also shared a map of where abandoned vehicles were stranded.
“Hopefully the wind will end soon. Be safe out there!” the post said.