Weather-related crash closes Route 47 in Sugar Grove

Wednesday crash was second in a week to close well-traveled road in the village

Published: Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

SUGAR GROVE – A three-vehicle crash shut down a portion of Route 47 on Wednesday afternoon, the second time in a week that a weather-related, multivehicle crash had closed a well-traveled stretch of road in Sugar Grove.

Sugar Grove Police Chief Pat Rollins said there were no serious injuries in Wednesday’s crash, which took place at 3:51 p.m. on Route 47, near Rolling Oaks Road, and that the drivers of the vehicles involved “were shaken up.” He said nobody involved had been taken to hospitals.

But he described the conditions at the time as “zero visibility, with the blowing snow” and said, “Route 47 came to a standstill.”

He said the Illinois Department of Transportation responded to the crash, and Route 47 was closed until 7 p.m.

Rollins said the accident report still was in progress, but that the crash included a van, a pickup truck and a car. He said cars somehow ended up on both sides of the road, and that emergency vehicles had difficulty determining whether they were near the edge of the road.

On Tuesday morning, another weather-related crash sent both drivers involved to local hospitals, although Rollins said the injuries were not life-threatening.

That crash took place at 6:40 a.m. Tuesday on Galena Boulevard, near Capitol Drive and Route 56.

Galena Boulevard was closed for four hours between Capitol Drive and Route 56. Rollins said Tuesday’s crash remained under investigation.

Rollins said those involved in Tuesday’s crash were a 67-year-old woman and a 47-year-old man, and that one driver was expected to be charged with not wearing a seatbelt while driving. He said the ticket had not yet been issued.

He said the 67-year-old woman, driving a Chevrolet Malibu, was heading east on Galena Boulevard and couldn’t tell where they road surface and shoulder ended because roads were covered in snow.

He said she drifted a little too far and tried to correct herself to get back on the roadway, but “the snow was compacted down, and she couldn’t visibly see where the road ended.”

He said she went into oncoming traffic and collided almost head-on with the other driver.

Rollins urged drivers to be careful on the roads.

Although it is his first year at his job in the village, he said he has heard from others in the department that wind and snow could cause conditions to become dangers, and “sometimes it’s both visibility and the snow-packed roads, even if it isn’t snowing.”

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