March 1, 2013, Vienna, Ill. – The Vienna Police Department continues to investigate the cause of a two-vehicle traffic accident in the 200 block of South 1st Street, between SouthernTrust Bank and the city water plant, that occurred around 4 p.m. Friday.
No one was seriously injured according to Vienna police.
The collision resulted in a 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee, driven by Alexandrew Copley, 18, of Vienna, partially emerged in a swollen creek and coming to rest on top of an exposed city utility gas line.
According to early reports from the police department, Jeff Paisley, 47, of Vienna was southbound attempting to make a left turn at the bank entrance when Copley, also southbound, attempted to pass on the left. The two vehicles made contact, landing Copley’s vehicle in the creek. Paisley’s 2006 Chrysler came to rest on the opposite side of the highway near Locust Street.
Cagle Towing and Recovery, with the assistance of Vienna’s public works and fire departments, was able to remove the vehicle without breaking the gas line, preventing any additional injuries or danger.
Vienna city superintendent Gene McNeely said the city would perform a thorough inspection of the gas line as required by law.
When asked why the gas line was exposed, McNeely said it was due to the age of the line and years of erosion of the creek bed.
Nearly a dozen Vienna firemen, Johnson County Ambulance Service personnel and county and city police responded to the hazardous threat caused by the accident.
Additional details will follow and be published in The Vienna Times.