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Stark County Snow Plow Accident Results In One Death

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An Illinois snow plow driver has been killed in a two vehicle accident in Stark County.

Around 9:32 a.m. on Friday, February 14, the Stark County Sheriff's Office was informed of the accident on IL Route 17. An Illinois Department of Transportation Plow Truck and one automobile were involved. The accident resulted in the death of the IDOT worker. 

Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider released this statement on Facebook:

"We are deeply saddened by a tragic accident this morning that claimed the life of one of our Illinois Department of Transportation employees. Michael Holmes of Wyoming, Illinois was a monthly snowbird worker for IDOT and had been with the Department's winter operations team since November 2007." 

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn ordered flags will be flown at half staff at public buildings to recognize Holmes' sacrifice.

In a statement, Quinn says, "Michael Holmes is a hero. He gave his life while making our roads safer for his fellow citizens. Michael selflessly faced challenging conditions every winter since 2007 so the rest of us could arrive safely at our destinations."

Holmes was 49 years old.