Community group pushing for change in aftermath of fatal Route 3 -

Community group pushing for change in aftermath of fatal Route 3 crash

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COLUMBIA, Ill. ( -

A community group is multiplying after a deadly accident along Route 3 in Columbia, Ill. that left a mother dead and sent her children to the hospital.

Tara Masidonski started the Facebook Page Citizen’s Demanding Change on Illinois Route 3, Columbia, Illinois two years ago, with around 300 members.

She started the page after a near-fatal accident along Route 3.

Then came the accident last week.

Columbia Police say 41-year-old Emily Webb was driving in a Suburban with her six children when a dump truck hit her from the side along Route 3.

Webb died on the spot, her children taken to the hospital.

The next day Masidonski’s page had nearly 3,000 members.

“It’s kind of bittersweet,” she said, “because it’s unfortunate that it takes a fatality to do something like this.”

People have posted ideas on how to improve the safety at the intersection, blaming speeding, traffic lights as all factors in crashes there.

Police set up a portable speed trailer near the crash site on Monday after enough requests.

The Police Chief Jerald Paul attended Monday night’s city council meeting where he reported some 260 crashes citywide in 2017, compared to 250 in 2008.

The department hasn’t compiled a list of crashes for specific intersections, but the chief says they plan to do so.

Chief Paul told city leaders that he spent hours on Friday compiling information to present at the meeting.

He says according to IDOT, some 26,000 cars pass through the intersection where Webb was killed every day.

He says IDOT has sensors at the traffic lights along that intersection to determine signal changes based on the number of drivers and traffic patterns.

Masidonski was also at the meeting hoping to get answers.

“We don’t know what the answer is,” she said, “but hopefully the ideas will be heard and they can move forward from there and hopefully make the changes and keep us all safe.”

Mayor Kevin Hutchinson couldn’t attend the meeting, but provided the following statement:

We are all shocked and saddened about the recent tragedy that took the life of Emily Webb and hospitalized her children.  Our continued prayers are with the Webb family in their recovery, both physically and emotionally.

Once the official report is completed by the Illinois State Police, the City will engage in discussions with the Illinois Department of Transportation to determine if any steps can be taken to enhance safety along the Route 3 corridor.

The Webb family created a Caring Bridge page to provide updates on the children as they recover. 

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