Updates provided on several traffic accidents this week

By Gary Scott on September 11, 2015 at 12:54pm

Details are being released on a traffic accident that happened in Jacksonville yesterday involving a city police officer.

According to the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, which is handling the crash, 55-year-old Michael Fender of West Point Drive in Jacksonville was taken to Passavant Area Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after he was struck by a squad car driven by Sergeant David Langdon.

Sheriff’s office reports indicate Langdon was headed eastbound on Douglas Avenue operating with his lights and sirens and responding to a call when he collided with the passenger side of Fender’s car, who was driving southbound on North Main Street.

Chief Deputy Mike Carmody says no citations have been issued at this time. He say preliminary investigation indicates neither vehicle was traveling at an excess speed.

Carmody says the accident report is not completed.

Hospital officials did not indicate Fender was still at Passavant.

Morgan County Deputies also responded to an accident on Route 104 this morning that shut down the highway for almost an hour-and-a-half. Carmody says the accident involved a garbage truck that was experiencing mechanical problems, hit a ditch, and turned on to its side.

There were no injuries in that incident.

In other news involving traffic accidents this week, the Jacksonville Police Department this morning indicated it’s still not releasing the name of the 16-year-old involved in a fatal traffic accident that killed at 38-year-old man from Yates City.

Deputy Chief Chad Moore says the police department is waiting to see if the Morgan County State’s Attorney’s Office will press charges beyond the original citation the teen received. Moore says the accident was reconstructed by the Illinois State Police.