Multiple weather related crashes reported across the area

By WEEK Producer

January 31, 2014 Updated Feb 1, 2014 at 1:04 AM CDT

CENTRAL ILLINOIS -- Police and rescue crews are asking that you be extra careful on the roads this weekend.

Four Illinois State Troopers have been hit by drivers this month alone.

There were several reports of accidents on Friday. A three-car crash slowed traffic at War Memorial and Knoxville Avenue. Police said one person involved suffered a minor neck injury.

A short time later, another car went off the road and veered into a ditch right before the Murray Baker Bridge. It is unknown if anyone was injured in that crash.

"Many, many of the crashes we've handed in the last few weeks during all these snow storms have been people in a hurry,” said Illinois State Trooper Dustin Pierce. “It doesn't take long before they slip on the ice and then they're in a crash."

In Tazewell County, some residents were without electricity after a driver slid off Mueller Road and slammed into a power pole.

Ameren crews had to replace the pole, cutting power to some customers.

Police said the pickup truck involved was heavily damaged but the driver was not seriously injured.

As of 5 p.m. 23 residents are still without power. Ameren Illinois employees will be on alert throughout the weekend.

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