HIT AND RUN ACCIDENT SENDS FAMILY TO HOSPITAL WITH SERIOUS INJURIES
A family was walking on North 16th Avenue near Stratmeyer Trail north of Litchfield Wednesday, when a full-sized car struck family members from behind. The father was pushing nine-month old baby in a stroller. The father and infant were seriously injured and the mother was also injured. The car did not stop at the scene of the accident. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s department is looking for the full-sized car and say it could have damage on the passenger side and the mirror. The car is believed to be white. Anyone with information is asked to call the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department at 217-532-9511.
AREA FIREFIGHTERS FIGHT GRASS AND BRUSH FIRES ALONG RAILROAD
Firefighters from Keyesport, Mulberry Grove, Smithboro, Greenville, Pocahontas-Old Ripley, and Shoal Creek Departments were busy Wednesday afternoon, answering seventeen reports of grass and brush fires along the Burlington/Northern railroad running north and south through Bond County. According to Greenville Fire Chief, Bill Johnston, the fires started south of Hookdale and were stopped south of Woburn, north of Route 140. Chief Johnston said he believes a train must have had a locked up brake or some other issue which caused sparks. As the train traveled along the tracks, the sparks caught the surrounding grass on fire. He added, it was a blessing the sparks did not land in any standing corn, as the situation would have been far more dangerous. There was no major damage and firefighters were on the scene about an hour.
UNCERTAINTY REMAINS OVER ISAACS PATH AND SPEED
Uncertainty remains over Isaac’s path and speed according to the National Weather Service. The only thing that is certain is that Isaac is going to continue to dump huge amounts of rain. Over the last 24 hours the NWS has issued three different rainfall predication maps for our area. One predicted 2-4 inches, the other 7-8 inches and one map predicted over 10 inches of rain from Friday to Sunday. Rainfall prediction is always difficult and can vary greatly even over short distances. And with the slow speed of Isaac it’s possible the start of the rainfall could happen later on Friday. The only thing that looks certain at this time is Isaac’s remnants will move through Missouri and Illinois before breaking apart, and that heavy rain will come with it.
Below is a link to the latest predication map from the National Weather Service.