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IDOT crews plowing state highways

An Illinios Department of Transportation plow driver clears snow off of U.S. Route 45/Lake Land Boulevard in Mattoon late morning Saturday, Jan. 12.

MATTOON -- Illinois State Police troopers have been handling numerous slide offs and crashes on Interstates 57, 70, 72 and 74 during the snowstorm Saturday, including one on Interstate 70 in Effingham that injured a truck driver.

Trooper Tracy Lillard, a State Police spokeswoman based in District 10 in Pesotum, said in a press release that all motorists are encouraged to stay home and cancel travel plans unless it is imperative.

"If travel is absolutely necessary, motorists should allow adequate time for travel, vastly reduce speeds, and increase following distances to aid in reactionary time for hazards encountered along the highways," Lillard said. "Please be mindful and move over for first responders if encountered on the roadway. Also, give the snow plows plenty of room to work."

Regarding the semitrailer crash on I-70, State Police District 12 in Effingham reported that the crash occurred at 6:29 a.m. Saturday as Tarina K. Stone of Kansas City, Kan. was driving a Freightliner semitrailer east at mile post 98 about two miles east of Effingham.

Stone reportedly lost control of the semitrailer and swerved off the roadway to the right. The semitrailer struck the ditch and then a fence before coming to rest on the south side of the roadway.  An ambulance took Stone, 38, to St. Anthony Hospital in Effingham for treatment of injuries. Stone was ticketed for driving too fast for conditions.

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Contact Rob Stroud at (217) 238-6861. Follow him on Twitter: @TheRobStroud

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Rob Stroud is a reporter for the JG-TC, covering the city of Mattoon, Lake Land College, Cumberland County and areas including Oakland, Casey and Martinsville.

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