Updated: March 3, 2014 5:24PM
No one was injured when one vehicle rolled over and two others collided in the ditch Thursday night along a one-mile stretch on U.S. 52 south of Laraway Road and north of Manhattan. The separate incidents occurred within minutes of each other.
About a half-mile south of Delaney Road in Manhattan Township, a sport utility vehicle slid on the ice, lost control and rolled over into the ditch about 8 p.m., according to Manhattan Fire Protection District Lt. Ed Ludwig. Both female occupants declined medical treatment.
Moments later, about a mile north at Cherry Hill Road in Joliet Township, a vehicle driven a Bourbonnais man slid into the ditch. Traveling behind that vehicle, a New Lenox woman lost control of her vehicle, also slid into the ditch and collided with the first vehicle, according to Illinois State Police Sgt. Jim Powell.
East Joliet Fire Department Capt. Ken Scholtes said both drivers declined medical treatment.
“We had a couple slick spots there,” Powell said, adding that the Illinois Department of Transportation was notified.
That stretch of U.S. 52 is due east of Chicagoland Speedway and is surrounded by open fields. The temperature was 32 degrees, with 10- to 20-mph winds blowing snow onto the highway. Some areas had whiteout conditions.
“That section right there is real icy,” Ludwig said. “It’s just that blowing, drifting snow. It gets real slick in some spots.”
Powell said the area was plowed and salted within a couple of hours to prevent further accidents.