Slick Road Conditions Cause High Number of Motor-Vehicle Accidents in Manhattan
By Public Information Officer
January 9, 2020

(Manhattan, IL) -On Thursday, January 9, the Manhattan Fire Protection District (MFPD) received a high number of calls for motor- vehicle accidents and falls throughout the Manhattan area.

Just before 9:00 a.m. Thursday morning, MFPD responded to 7 separate calls for single-vehicle crashes and vehicle rollovers with additional calls made to 9-1-1 for residential falls due to icy conditions.

“The majority of the accidents reported were of vehicles sliding off the roadways after losing control,” stated Steve Malone, MFPD Fire Chief. Most of the crashes and wrecks were minor with no reports of major injuries.

An accident on the west side of Manhattan Road resulted in one person being extricated from a vehicle. Firefighters arrived on scene to find a pickup truck in a ditch. The driver was treated on scene for non-life threatening injuries and transported to a nearby hospital.

Between 8:12a.m. to 9:50a.m., a total of 10 calls were recorded. During this time, New Lenox and Elwood Fire Protection Districts provided mutual aid to several of the calls for emergency service. A callback for off-duty MFPD firefighters to return to Fire Station 81 was requested to provide additional manpower to cover the fire district.

“Before venturing out, remember to check the weather conditions so you know what to expect,” said Chief Malone. Drivers are urged to decrease their speed and to increase their following distance between cars when driving on icy or slick roads to prevent an accident.


The primary mission of the Manhattan Fire Protection District is to respond to our customer needs by providing fire suppression, emergency medical service, fire prevention & education, and other specialized services, in a safe and effective manner.


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