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Slippery roads lead to crashes

Slippery road conditions at midday Monday contributed to three crashes within a half an hour on Ogle County’s west side.

A light mist accompanied by temperatures just below freezing and a strong breeze slickened roadways just after noon.

A semitrailer jack-knifed on a slippery bridge over the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad tracks on state Route 26 at the north edge of Polo at 12:09 p.m.

“The bridge had just begun to ice over,” Polo Police Chief Dennis Christen said.

The driver, Haile Y. Woldemicheal, 46, of Seattle, was northbound on 26 when he lost control on the icy road and struck a newly installed guardrail, Christen said. The bridge was replaced during the summer, and construction finished less than a week ago.

Woldemicheal was not injured, and no tickets were issued.

The road was closed for 2 hours while the empty semi was removed.

Fifteen minutes later, two Leaf River residents were injured in a one-vehicle rollover in the 9000 block of north 26 near the intersection with Pit Road north of Forreston.

Jimmie Bradley, 61, was northbound in a pickup when he lost control on the ice, skidded across 26 and struck a guardrail. The truck rolled onto its roof, Ogle County Sheriff Michael Harn said.

Bradley and his passenger, Lori K. Ashley, 54, were taken to FHN Memorial Hospital in Freeport with minor injuries.

Another 15 minutes after that, a car driven by Dana L. Schrader, 20, of Shannon, hit a patch of ice while crossing a bridge on state Route 64 near the intersection with Elkhorn Road, about 1.5 miles east of the Carroll County line. 

The car went out of control, hit a guardrail on the north side of the road, spun twice, and came to rest on the south shoulder, Illinois State Police said.

Schrader, who was wearing a seatbelt, was not injured, and no citations were issued.

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