Areas of dense freezing fog will persist over portions of northern and central Illinois through mid to late this morning before likely dissipating. Be alert for rapidly changing visibility and possible slick/icy conditions on some roadways. Reduce speed, increase following distance, and use low beams when driving in dense fog. Check road conditions and allow extra travel time for your commute.
Areas of dense freezing fog have formed between Chicago and Rockford. This area of dense freezing fog is forecast to expand in coverage over the next several hours.
Those traveling tonight, should be prepared to encounter drastically reduced visibilities. In addition, temperatures are well below freezing, which will result in patchy icy spots forming, mainly on bridges and overpasses.
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From: The Office of Fire Chief Kirk Wilson
On December 4, 2018 at 12:47 hours, the Rockton Fire Protection District along with the Winnebago County Sheriffs Office was called to 518 Willow Lane in South Beloit for a reported hazardous material incident. When the fire chief arrived, it was reported that a white powder substance was on the floor inside the residence. No one was living in the residence at the time of this incident. The individual who had lived in the residence had been moved to a medical facility and passed away two weeks prior to this incident. Two workers were on scene cleaning out belongings when they came across this substance.
The workers who entered the property stated the substance may have been Sodium Cyanide. First responders were ordered not to enter the property. A safety perimeter was established at that time. The fire chief activated the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System bringing in hazardous material specialists from the City of Rockford and surrounding areas. A medical doctor from Mercy Rockford responded to the scene as well. Cyanide antidote kits from around the region were requested to the scene.
As a precautionary measure, the two workers who may have been exposed to this material were decontaminated at the scene and transported to a local hospital for evaluation. Both subjects were cleared medically and released from the hospital.
The fire chief and his command staff implemented an action plan to secure the property and contact a hazardous material clean up agency. The hazardous material clean up agency retrieved a sample of the substance for analysis and identification.
Due to the extreme poor living conditions of the property and no working utilities, the Winnebago County Health Department was notified and the property was condemned and secured.
The State of Illinois EPA was notified of the incident. US EPA, from the Chicago Office, tested the substance and it was negative for Cyanide. The substance identified was dry mix Plaster of Paris.
At this time, there is nothing further to report.
Update: They found a powdery substance they thought was possible cyanide
Details are minimal right now.
Rockton Fire Department has pulled a MABAS 14 to the box level for a Hazmat situation. It happened near Willow Lane near Rockton
Unknown what happened at this time.
Hazmat responds to all types of calls that involve hazardous materials.
Last time Hazmat was dispatched, was for a bomb threat situation at the airport a week ago. It is not yet clear if this is the situation for this call.
Still developing, check back later for possible updates
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RPD: Eastbound Harrison Avenue between 20th Street and Ohio Parkway is shutdown due to slick conditions and numerous accidents. Use caution at the North Second/Spring Creek interchanges as that area is also extremely slick. Drive slowly and carefully this morning!
We all knew it was coming. The first snow fall, brings a lot of accidents.
Several accidents are being reported all over the area.
The worst ones are on the bypass and also business 20, I-39 and also on I-90. Other roads that are being reported that are very slick: Caledonia road, N Second, Perryville, Harrison, Mulford, Bridge st, N Main, RT 75, Pretty much every main road is slick this morning via RS fan reports.
Several cars in the ditches, some have rolled over. Extrication was needed at a one of the scenes, at Montague and 20.
Injuries have been reported, but I have yet to hear any life threatening injuries. Sounds like most are non life threatening injuries.
Please allow extra time to travel this morning, drive slow and safe
Another violent day in the city of Rockford and surrounding areas.
Sources told us about a shooting victim at Swedish American Hospital. Unknown if the shooting took place at the hospital or the victim was shot at a different location and then transported there.
Sources also told us about the Advanced Auto on Auburn that was robbed.
We tried to get information from the police, they said “No comment”
No suspect information on any of these calls. Safe to assume none have been captured and are still roaming the area.
But we can confirm these via the police call logs.
UPDATE from the RPD:
On Tuesday October 30, 2018 at 7:12pm, Rockford Officers responded to Advance Auto Parts located at 3019 Auburn St in reference to an aggravated robbery. The suspect implied he had a weapon and demanded money from the clerk whom complied. The suspect fled out to the parking lot, got into a vehicle, and drove away eastbound on Auburn St. There were customers inside of the business during the incident but no injuries were reported.
This is an on-going investigation. Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact the Rockford Police Department at (815) 966-2900 or Rockford Area Crime Stoppers at (815) 963-7867.