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Icy roads cause accidents in central Illinois

Published: Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 10:39 p.m. CST

CHAMPAIGN – Ice continued to make highways in central Illinois dangerous Thursday. Police blamed icy interstates for one fatal accident and others that involved injuries.

Illinois State Police said the driver of a sport utility vehicle died after his vehicle crashed into a semitrailer on Interstate 57 near Mattoon around 4 a.m. Thursday. A three-vehicle accident on Interstate 74 west of Champaign around 9 a.m. injured one person. Police said a truck skidded and struck two vehicles.

Illinois State Police said they helped dozens of stuck drivers in the region and handled at least 13 accidents.

Wednesday's storm left deep snow across the region. Temperatures near zero turned some of it to ice.

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