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Whiteout conditions from snowplows lead to four-car crash in Marengo

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 9:02 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 7:38 a.m. CDT

MARENGO - Whiteout conditions caused by snowplows resulted in a four-car accident in Marengo Wednesday afternoon.

Around 1 p.m. Wednesday two snowplows performing "tandem plowing" on Route 20 near Coral Road created a "vortex of snow," which caused the drivers to become disoriented, according to Marengo Lt. Noel Gaines.

Marengo firefighters had to extricate a woman from her vehicle, and she was flown using Flight for Life to a Rockford Hospital. She was transported with non-life threatening injuries.

Three cars experienced heavy damage and one car swerved into the ditch as a result of the accident, Gaines said. Route 20 was closed in both directions for about an hour.

Gaines said that while the snowplows created the difficult road conditions, he can't say who was at fault because the other drivers could have been traveling too close to the plows. Gaines added that he doesn't believe the accident is under investigation because there were no life threatening injuries.

The Union Fire Protection District also assisted on the call.

-Jim Dallke

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