Update: The victim is 51-year-old Kevin Gander from Winnebago.
From our friends at Mystateline.com: Gander was also a well-known physician in the Rockford area. He worked for OSF Medical Group at the office on Spring Creek. OSF released a statement saying: “Our OSF colleague and physician, Dr. Kevin Gander was well-liked by his patients. He will be missed by his OSF family and we offer Kevin’s family our deepest sympathy and prayers.”
Update: At 12:12 am they said “The coroner is advised”
Sounds like there might be more than one victim involved in the accident. One confirmed victim, unconfirmed for more.
Around 10:36 pm tonight an officer was attempting to catch up to a vehicle near Auburn st. The vehicle is a Black Chrysler 200. The officer stopped chasing the vehicle. A short time later it crashed through a fence. Sounds like the injuries are life threatening, the officer said he was calling the dispatcher with the extent of the injuries. Possible fatal, but not confirmed. They are requesting the crime scene unit. It crashed near Weldon. Still developing.
Updates: Weldon rd and Winnebago rd, they are diverting traffic. They are trying to contact an Illinois State police Sargent, unknown why at this time.
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Just before 8 pm tonight the RFD were dispatched to the area of the 2500 block of 11th st. Scanner traffic is minimal right now, only saying there is a possible structure fire near this location. Several units are en route.
Update: Sounds like there is a lot of smoke and is a valid fire. They are asking for a 3rd ladder truck to the scene. Unconfirmed, but sounds like it is at or near the Oscars Tire. Still developing.
UPDATE: RS fan on scene reporting an explosion and building collapse. They requested Comed to the scene and to expedite.
The Rockford Police Department advises you to AVOID 11th St, between Harrison Ave and 23rd Ave due to a large structure fire. Traffic will be blocked for several hours. Please find an alternative route for your travels.
Hello, I just started a gofundme to help support oscars tires, which was the casualty of the a fire on 11/17. The building and everything inside was a total loss. Also, leaving 7 people without a job. Oscar is my step dad, and I personally know everyone that has been effected by this. I’m reaching out to see if you’re able to share the gofundme campaign and help spread the word? Thank you in advance. Thanks, Adam Peterson