There have been numerous traffic accidents attributed to “black ice” this morning (January 24, 2018) in Will County.
For those unaware of “black ice” and its effect on driving, “black ice” forms when temperatures drop below freezing, and for various reasons a thin film of clear ice forms on the roadway. It is very slippery, and because it is clear it is very difficult to see, especially at night. Furthermore, since it is hard to see, drivers often don’t have time to slow down before driving over the slippery areas.
The resulting very slick road condition has been the cause or contributing factor to many Illinois crashes and typically cause loss of vehicle control. These loss of control accidents often lead to vehicle spinouts, vehicles leaving the roadway (“slideoffs”), and rollovers. Trucks may “jackknife” or otherwise lose control. Additionally, any time a vehicle leaves the roadway there is the potential for the vehicle to collide with a fixed object, such as a barrier, wall or tree. Due to the serious nature of these crashes, as well as the fact that many occur at higher speeds, accident injuries can be serious and possibly life-threatening in nature.
Will County, and other Chicago area counties including DuPage County, experienced “black ice” which caused numerous types of accidents this morning.
The slick road conditions and accidents are discussed in numerous articles, including the January 24, 2018 NBC Chicago article (with video) titled “Black Ice Causes More Than 50 Crashes on Chicago-Area Roadways” and the January 24 Naperville Patch article titled “Crashes, School Closings, Power Outage Reported Due To Black Ice.”
An excerpt from the Naperville Patch article:
Multiple crashes — between 20 and 30 — were reported along I-55 and I-80, prompting state police to issue a warning people to stay home unless they absolutely had to go out. “Illinois State Police are reminding motorist to use extreme caution on the roadways this morning,” police said. “Drive at slower speeds and be prepared for vehicles losing control around or ahead of you. Please do not go out on the roadways unless absolutely necessary.”
Plainfield police said they were responding to numerous crashes and vehicles in ditches, adding, “If you can delay your travel and avoid being on the road PLEASE DO.” Joliet police were also reporting dozens of crashes.
As seen on Facebook from the Joliet Police Department:
Road conditions this morning are hazardous. Dozens of crashes are being reported throughout the City of Joliet and portions of I-80 have been shut down. If you must travel, drive slowly and allow extra time to reach your destination.
Additional details concerning these slick road conditions and associated traffic safety concerns can be seen in the sources above.