Late week accidents and fire calls


Friday crash in Waterloo


No injuries were reported following a crash involving a Dodge Caravan and a Reliable Sanitation trash truck around 11:45 a.m. Friday. The crash occurred on Route 3 at Columbia Avenue in Waterloo. Waterloo police and Monroe County EMS responded to the crash scene. (Robyn Dexter photo)

Thursday crash on Bluff Road

Fortunately, no injuries were reported following a vehicle rollover in the area of 5203 Bluff Road around noon on Thursday. The driver was able to exit the vehicle on their own power. A portion of roadway was closed for briefly as Monroe County Electric Cooperative personnel worked to repair a utility pole that was knocked over during the crash.

Area fire calls

The Waterloo Fire Department was dispatched to a chimney fire reported at 4701 Kern Road around 10 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Waterloo Fire Chief Mark Yeager said there was a severe buildup of creosote in the chimney flue, which led to smoke in the house. Fortunately, the matter was dealt with before any serious damage could occur.

The Columbia Fire Department was called to a report of a truck fully engulfed in flames on I-255 northbound near mile marker 7 around 8:30 p.m. Thursday. No injuries were reported. The driver, a man from East St. Louis, and his girlfriend safely exited the vehicle.

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