Turning on a Red light became the law in Illinois on Jan 1, 1974, but this did not cause the two accidents that occurred in the County.
Jan 10, 1974 Auto Wreck Claims Two Lives: For persons were critically injured Tuesday about noon on US 50, a mile West of Bridgeport. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Poland were driving east in a truck while Mrs. Inez Todd was driving west in a Ford station wagon when the vehicles collided. Mrs. Ella Farran, 76, of Olney was killed instantly. Mrs Leona Malinda Poland of Sumner died later at the hospital from injuries caused by the accident.
January 17, 1974 Lawrenceville Man Killed in Wreck Friday, A Lawrenceville man was killed at 8 PM Friday when his car swerved off a curve on Alt. 250, a mile West of Lawrenceville, and struck a tree. The victim was Danny L. Thomas, 26, of 1407 4th St., Lawrenceville, the auto’s only occupant. The late model Chevrolet was heading east when it apparently failed to stay on the large curve located on 250 outside the Lawrenceville city limits. The highway was reported to be free of ice but the shoulder along the road and areas were ice- covered. The vehicle went along the shoulder, crashed through a utility pole caring telephone and cable television lines. It then skidded across the ice -coated parking lot of the Department of Agriculture offices and crashed into a tree near the northwest corner of the Dr. Poe's medical office. The vehicle was literally wrapped around the tree and the victim was killed instantly.