Weather may have played a role in at least one of two serious accidents Wednesday leaving four people hospitalized, two in critical condition. The first accident happened in Peoria County late morning just before the Airport exit. A car apparently slid off the road, went airborne into a ravine, trapping a Pekin couple inside. Authorities say 65 year old Coleen Fitzanko was in critical condition Wednesday night while her husband, Steven was in fair condition. Multiple crews were called to cut the victims out of their car. Deputies say the crash was probably weather related but were still investigating. Meantime, a second serious head on accident, this time in Tazewell County, left a 17 year old Tazewell County driver in critical condition while a 23 year old driver was in fair condition. The accident happened just before 2pm between Washington and Eureka on Route 24, tying up traffic for hours. One driver was lifeflighted to OSF St. Francis Medical Center but weather kept a second copter from flying the second victim to the hospital. He was transported by ambulance. Lanes in both directions were closed for sometime while the accident reconstructionist investigators were on the scene.
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