FIVE DEAD, SIX INJURED, IN SINGLE-VEHICLE ACCIDENT ON I-70
Five people are dead as a result of a one-vehicle accident on I-70 which occurred Monday morning at approximately 9:43 a.m. According to the Illinois State Police, a white 2002 15-passenger van was travelling eastbound on I-70 near mile marker 57, when for unknown reasons, it left the south side of the roadway. The van rolled multiple times and ejected several occupants before coming to rest. Five of the occupants were pronounced dead at the scene, two were taken to Greenville Regional Hospital, and the remaining four were transported to Fayette County Hospital. At this time, the identities of the victims has not been released and the cause of the crash is unknow. Authorities had the eastbound lane of I-70 shut down at the Mulberry Grove exit for approximately four hours, as a result of the crash. According to the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department, the van had Maryland plates and was travelling from California back to Maryland. The Illinois State Police have assigned two Crash Reconstruction Officers and Air Operations to the investigation. The ISP was assisted at the scene by the Illinois Secretary of State Police, Fayette County Sheriff’s Department, Coroner’s Office, Fire Department, and Ambulance Service. The Bond County, Vandalia Area, and Altamont Area Ambulance Services also assisted.
MT. OLIVE HAS DAMAGES FROM POSSIBLE TORNADO
Reports of damage and a possible tornado are coming out of Mt. Olive this morning. Mt. Olive police confirmed that several buildings in the downtown area received heavy damage overnight, but when we spoke with Mt. Olive Police this morning there were no reports of injuries. Cars were tipped over, many trees were downed, and police say it’s believed that a tornado was the cause of the damage. The National Weather Service will likely be surveying any reports of damage from last night storms to confirm and map the paths of any tornados. More severe weather is possible this afternoon and evening. The National Weather Service has placed all of the WGEL listening area in the slight risk catagory for today. No damage was reported to either Greenville or Bond County Police. Bond County was under a severe thunderstorm warning last night after 11PM. Rain totals this morning were .91 inches at the sewer plant, .94 inches at 6th Street, and .95 inches at Idler Lane.
COMETS BASEBALL TEAM LOSES AT REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
The Greenville Comets Varsity Baseball team lost in the Regional Championship game to Carlinville on Saturday, May 18th. The Comets and the Carlinville Cavaliers were tied throughout the entire game with a score of 2-2. The Cavaliers managed to score the tie-breaking win in the 8th inning. The Cavaliers will continue on to play in the Sectional Semifinal game at Pleasant Plains on Wednesday, May 22nd. Congratulations to the Comets on a great season.
RIBBON CUTTING IN GREENVILLE FOR TWICE THE ICE
The Greenville Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony for a new business in town on Friday, May 17th. Chamber Executive Director, John Goldsmith, told WGEL that anytime they have a ribbon cutting it is exciting for the community. The new business is called Twice the Ice. It is owned by Delmar and Elizabeth Mills. It is not like your typical ice house that we know from the past; you can get anything from a bag of ice, ice for your cooler, or fresh water. The Greenville facility is located next to Super Wash on 3rd Street. Each facility has approximately 6,000 pounds of ice at all times. There are also two additional Twice the Ice locations in Vandalia and Centralia.
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NATIONAL FOSTER CARE MONTH
May is National Foster Care Month. Bond County Assistant State’s Attorney, Dora Mann, said that this month is important for many reasons. Not only does it raise awareness about foster care and the need for families to get involved, but it also acknowledges all of the unsung heroes who are working to make children’s lives better on a daily basis. Dora said that schools deserve a lot of recognition. In many cases, a school is the only place where a child can feel truly safe. It is important that children have at least one teacher, administrator, coach, police officer, or trusted adult in their lives that cares about them. For more information about how you can help a child in need, call Dora Mann at the Bond County State’s Attorney’s Office at 664-2262.