Fatal Washington County “Head-On” Collision Caused By Ice

There have been many Southern Illinois accidents that have been caused by ice on the roadway.  The types of accidents which have been caused by such “icy” conditions include collisions, “spinouts,” rollovers, and other types of loss of vehicle control accidents.

One type of ice on the roadway that has been particularly hazardous is “black ice.” On this site, “black ice” has been discussed in various individual accidents, and the overall topic is further discussed on the “Southern Illinois Car Crashes Caused By Black Ice” page.

A Southern Illinois fatal “head-on collision” is being attributed to ice on the roadway.  The accident happened in Washington County on Friday, December 16, 2016.

According to the Illinois State Police (ISP), the collision happened at approximately 6:00 p.m. on Route 153, just to the south of County Highway 10.

The accident happened as a driver of a 2003 GMC van, heading north on Route 153, lost control of the van after hitting an ice patch on the road.  The van then went into the opposing lane, and in doing so had a “head-on collision” with a pickup truck.

A 23-year-old male passenger in the van was declared dead at the accident scene.

The driver of the van, identified as Becka Heitman, 45, of Addieville, was seriously injured and taken to a hospital for treatment of these injuries.

The driver of the pickup truck was identified as Klif Kline, 60, of Coulterville.  He was also seriously injured and taken to a hospital for treatment of these injuries.

This wreck was one of many crashes that occurred in Southern Illinois during this storm, which has been named “Decima.”  An excerpt from the The Randolph County Herald Tribune article of December 17, 2016 titled “Winter Storm Decima impacts area“:

According to the Facebook page for the Illinois State Police’s District 11 office in Collinsville, at least 130 accidents were pending attention from a District 11 trooper at the height of the storm.

Winter Storm Decima brought freezing drizzle to Southern Illinois, creating a light glazing of ice that made parking lots, sidewalks, roads and other untreated surfaces hazardous.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Washington County fatal accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including The Randolph County Herald Tribune article mentioned above, as well as the December 17 wsiltv.com article (with video) titled “One killed, two injured in Washington County crash.”


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