Rockford Scanner™: Three Crashes, Rockford Police Officer Hit 2 Different Times During Icy Conditions





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There were three separate crashes in the area of N Second and Spring Creek/Auburn between 5 and 6 pm on Tuesday.

An officer was assisting an accident where one vehicle rear ended another (first accident).

Not long after, a vehicle lost control on the ice, slid into the officer’s car and hit another car (2nd accident),

Then shortly after that, another vehicle hit the officer’s squad (3rd accident).

Twice that same squad was struck.

No one hurt in any of the accidents.

Citations issued.

In reference to http://rockfordscanner.com/2019/02/12/rockford-scanner-2-major-scenes-causing-serious-traffic-delays-on-2-major-roadways/






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Rockford Scanner™: Numerous Accidents, Black Ice. Be Careful Driving





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First off I want to thank everyone who has sent in their content and tips!

Sources have sent us the following:

  • RT 2…..  At least 20 cars.. everywhere sliding off the Road
  • Bypass 20 and Farmington Way ~ Vehicle crashed into a pole
  • Us 20 west close to Freeport – Rollover accident, video below
  • As of 2:45 am, Still a solid sheet of ice from Roscoe rd almost to Latham. Lots of cars in ditches. Nearly unpassable . Very dangerous.
  • Avoid Perryville and Guilford. Many accidents up at this intersection due to black ice!
  • Single vehicle rollover, on its side off the road on Blackhawk just west of 35th. EMS on scene
  • Forest hills is a sheet of ice
  • From Cunningham to Harrison is a skating rink
  • In the area that greater Rockford Auto Auction there’s a a Jeep Cherokee off the road by their building on the south side of Sandy Hollow
  • 76 north of Hunter – Vehicle hit a tree
  • Rollover at Montague and Springfield.
  • Poplar Grove Rd north of Marengo ~ Rollover
  • Accidents near O’Reilly on Auburn st and Rockton ave

 







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Rockford Scanner™: Plow Truck Involved In An Accident, Heavy Damage And Injuries Reported





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Sources are reporting an accident involving a plow truck.

It happened around 11 pm in the area of Business 20 and Town Hall in Boone County.  Heavy damage is being reported along with injuries.  A lot of debris is in the roadway.  This is still developing.






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Rockford Scanner™: Serious Head On Collision, Avoid the Area





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Sources are reporting a serious head on collision in Boone County.

It happened just before 8 pm tonight near 173 and Beaverton.

Two vehicles collided head on.  Serious injuries are being reported.

MD-1 (Mobile medical doctor) was dispatched to the scene.

At this time, the cause of the accident is under investigation. But they believe the slippery road conditions may have played a factor in the accident.

Other accidents:






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Rockford Scanner™: Welcome To Rockford, Icy Roads And Large Potholes





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As you know the road conditions are poor these days. .

A lot of the side roads are still icy, (Main roads are not icy) and there are large potholes all over.

If you vehicle is damaged by a pothole: 1.800.476.2669

If on the highway: 815.284.2271

  • Marcy Rice Wilson said: “Hey please share out for all of your viewers for anybody that travels on Newburg between Arnold and Mulford that they might want to stay out of the outside Lane going east because there is a pothole so big that it covers most of the road on that lane and it’s so deep that you can see the rebar and what’s underneath of the rebar”
  • Chantelle Couch: “Lowes Machesney Park got a truck load of salt in this morning. Selling through quick before the snow. Most are out in the area” UPDATE: They are now sold out of salt, but have sand.
  • Melinda Troxel: “Hell you want pot holes drive around South Beloit”
  • Nancy Flaningam Groom: “My daughter hit a pot hole on North Second just a little north of Harlem road in the right lane.”
  • Linda Nocca Mays: “Side streets by Riverside and main are a mess no salt”
  • Dina Adams Hanstad: “Called the city and they said our street would be plowed that night. It was already re frozen. They made a sweep through and no salt was apparently laid down. It is a mess. 1 of our cars has to sit on the street. It is encircled with ice. We cant get to it.”

We have received many complaints about their roads being icy and the plows have not laid down any salt at all on their roadways.

A personal friend of mine has called the street dept. 14 different times to get her road plowed and salted, and as of 12:53 pm Feb. 10th 2019 it still has yet to see a plow or salt truck, on the East side.  They keep promising her they will come out, but have yet to do so.

We have had many people telling us, their roads have not had a plow go down their road at all this season. They said they laid down a bunch of salt this season, but a lot of residential areas have yet to see salt at all this season according to many people.

We have tried to get a statement from the street dept. for this article, and was hung up on.

Street Section Supervisor – (779) 348-7260

The City is responsible for ice and snow control on City streets.
Residents are responsible for their sidewalks and alleys.
Neither snow nor ice from sidewalks or private property shall be deposited in the street or piled so high as to obstruct motorists’ view.
Where ice cannot be removed, the business shall use sand, salt, or other suitable substance that will prevent the ice from being dangerous.
Odd/Even parking is in effect during most snow clearing operations. Changes at 8 am.

As we type this, emergency personnel are requesting salt trucks because their emergency vehicle is stuck






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Rockford Scanner™: Strong Winds, Icy Roadways Expected This Evening Once Again





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Police are saying: As the temperatures plunge with the windchill this afternoon, rain that has already fallen will start to refreeze on the roadways this afternoon and evening. Travel will become extremely difficult especially on the County’s Secondary Roads. Please refrain from travel unless it’s absolutely necessary as First Responders are having trouble traveling on the ice covered roadways.

From the NWS:

A robust cold front crossing the area mid to late-afternoon will usher in gusty winds and rapidly falling temperatures this evening. West winds will gusty to 45-50 mph late this afternoon and evening. Power outages will be possible, especially where recent freezing rain has left a coating of ice on trees and power-lines. A rapid drop in temperatures behind the front will result in the potential for flash freezing of standing water and wet surfaces this evening.

Exercise extra caution if traveling this evening, including during the commute, by being alert for rapidly changing road conditions and strong cross-winds on north-south roadways.






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Rockford Scanner™: Several Accidents And Almost 4,500 Without Power Still





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Sources are reporting the road conditions are still poor out there.

Numerous accident have happened in the last 12 hours.

Vehicle has rolled over near Montague and Meridian.

Vehicles in the ditches and many minor accidents being reported.

I-90 at State st, westbound lanes. Accident with multiple injuries.

Another one:  Bad accident 2 miles west of the Irene Rd exit on I-90 going westbound. Traffic is down to one lane that direction

Theres also power outages being reported.  As of 12:30 pm there are 4,500 customers without power in Winnebago County






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Rockford Scanner™: Ice Storm WARNING





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ICE STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM
3 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 6 AM CST WEDNESDAY

* WHAT…Significant icing expected due to freezing rain. Ice
accumulations of two tenths to four tenths of an inch expected.
Snow and sleet may mix with the freezing rain late this
afternoon and this evening. Total snow and sleet accumulations
less then one inch expected.

* WHERE…Winnebago, Boone, Ogle and Lee Counties.

* WHEN…From 3 PM this afternoon to 6 AM CST Wednesday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Power outages and tree damage are possible
due to the ice. Travel could be nearly impossible on untreated
surfaces. The hazardous conditions will likely impact the
evening commute.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

An Ice Storm Warning means significant amounts of ice
accumulation will make travel dangerous or impossible. Travel is
strongly discouraged. If you must travel, keep an extra
flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an
emergency. Snapped power lines and falling tree branches are also
possible.






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Rockford Scanner™: Whats That Loud Noise You Hear?





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What is that loud noise you are hearing?

A cryoseism, also known as an ice quake or a frostquake, is a seismic event that may be caused by a sudden cracking action in frozen soil or rock saturated with water or ice. As water drains into the ground, it may eventually freeze and expand under colder temperatures, putting stress on its surroundings.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cryoseism

A cryoseism, also known as an ice quake or a frost quake, is a seismic event that may be caused by a sudden cracking action in frozen soil or rock saturated with water or ice. As water drains into the ground, it may eventually freeze and expand under colder temperatures, putting stress on its surroundings. This stress builds up until relieved explosively in the form of a cryoseism

Nothing sinister, assures Elwin Robison, a professor in Kent State University’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design.

When the temperature plummets outside, so does the relative humidity in our homes as we crank up the heat. That dryness causes the wood parts of a home’s structure to shrink and scrape against one another, especially if those parts are under pressure — say, from the weight of snow on the roof, Robison said.

Sometimes the movement is sudden, causing a popping sound. Sometimes it’s slower, causing those creepy creaks and groans.

Robison said the culprit is often rafters moving against the top plate in the attic, with the plywood sheathing on the roof serving as a sounding board to project the noise. But other wood can be to blame, he said, even an outdoor deck that’s subject to force from the weight of furniture or a heavy barbecue grill.

The problem is often more noticeable in older homes, said Joseph Ferut Jr., a colleague of Robison’s in the architecture college. Newer homes are more thermally isolated from the outdoors, he said, and improvements in building science reduce the sudden movements.

https://journaltimes.com/lifestyles/home-and-garden/the-sound-of-cold-house-pops-creaks-blamed-on-dry/article_04866fb5-9edb-522b-bd2b-9ac825d48fe5.html

 






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Rockford Scanner™: Check Out These Amazing Light Pillars In The Rockford Area!





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Some amazing views have been spotted in the Rockford area!
Light Pillars have been spotted and photographed by several fans!

Check out these amazing photos!

A light pillar is an atmospheric optical phenomenon in which a vertical beam of light appears to extend above and/or below a light source.

The effect is created by the reflection of light from tiny ice crystals that are suspended in the atmosphere or that comprise high-altitude clouds (e.g. cirrostratus or cirrus clouds).

If the light comes from the Sun (usually when it is near or even below the horizon), the phenomenon is called a sun pillar or solar pillar.

Light pillars can also be caused by the Moon or terrestrial sources, such as streetlights.

 






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