Tow Ban Has Been Lifted Throughout Our Area

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Published on January 8 2014 6:40 pm
Last Updated on January 8 2014 9:09 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

Illinois State Police have now lifted the vehicle tow ban throughout our listening area.

Ted Rhodes of the State Police said a check by his troopers up and date the interstates in the area indicates it's alright to lift the tow ban.  Rhodes notes that the owners of the vehicles will have to call their own tow trucks to have their vehicles removed.  The ban was lifted in Fayette County earlier Wednesday afternoon, but is now lifted throughout the area.

Rhodes also reported that National Guardsmen are working in Cumberland County along I-70 to remove vehicles still on or along the roadway, some since Sunday night.  He said IDOT placed barrels around the vehicles to let other motorists know they're there.  The Guardsmen, who are stationed at the Armory in Mattoon, have heavy tow equipment that can handle the semis still along or on the roadway.  The vehicles are on or along both eastbound and westbound lanes between Greenup and Casey, the scene of a crash that left motorists stranded for up to 14 hours Sunday night and Monday morning.

Rhodes said there are still problems on and along I-57 in the Salem area where many more vehicles are stranded.