Freeport Journal-Standard, Freeport, Illinois - 25 November 1976, page 1
Snow Storm Causes Several Car Accidents An inch of snow was worth a pound of frustration Monday as Northern Illinois was hit with the seasons's first major snow storm. Although no major accidents were reported, a rash of cars and trucks in ditches was reported. Freeport reported 20 accidents attributable to the snowy conditions. Road crews and law enforcement officials were kept busy as the one inch of snow turned to water and then to ice on area roads. The low temperature for the night was 17. Winds were estimated at 30 miles per hour making the wind chill factor 14 degrees below zero during the night. State police at Pecatonica reported 13 accidents occured due to the snowy conditions. Stephenson County sheriff deputies reported at least a half dozen accidents and many cars in ditches. Street crews in Freeport and Stephenson Stephenson County started salting operations operations about 4 p.m. Monday and continued continued until late Monday night. Both started early today and had the streets and roads controlled by mid morning. Utility companies reported no problems problems from the weather. Two youngsters were hurt in Freeport during the snow. Davis Pye, 9,38 S. Louis Ave., slid out between two parked vehicles onto a road in Taylor Park. He hit the side of a van driven by Willie H. Gage Jr., 26 N. Wilbur Ave. He was taken to Freeport Memorial. Hospital by a fire department department ambulance and was treated for pain in his right leg. Otha Bland, 14, of 10 S. Hancock Ave., lost control of his bicycle and a car driven by Barbara J. Parkinson, rural Davis, slid into the bike. He was taken by an ambulance to the hospital, where he was treated for pain in his right arm and was dismissed. Monday morning, Mary Bell Sigafus, rural Lena, was hurt in a three-car crash on Galena Road east of Waddams Grove Road. An oncoming car driven by LaVonne J. Ohms, rural Galena, slid across the center line and collided with an auto driven by Harry C. Sigafus, rural Lena. Mrs. Sigafus was a passenger passenger in her husband's car. A third car driven by Joseph A. Huenefeld, Freeport Route 3, hit the Sigafus car after it spun into Huenefeld's Huenefeld's path. She was taken to St. Clare Hospital in Monore, Wis. by a Leamon's ambulance and was listed in serious condition this morning. She had been listed in critical condition during the night.