The winter that would never end bid a nasty farewell Thursday, with snow and freezing rain leaving a sheet of ice on roads that resulted in two crashes within 15 minutes at the intersection of 31st Street and Forest Avenue in Brookfield.
No one was seriously hurt, according to police, but the house on the northwest corner of 31st and Forest sustained some damage after a 66-year-old Chicago woman lost control of her 2004 Nissan Xterra when it hit a patch of ice while westbound, crossing the Salt Creek bridge.
“It could’ve been a lot worse,” said homeowner Kevin Will, who said he was in bed when the SUV smashed into the front of his home at 6:20 a.m. after first flattening a street sign and a wooden fence.
After striking the house, the Nissan swung right, running over a small tree before coming to rest next to a large evergreen tree. Police cited the driver for damage to village property.
What may have limited damage to the house, Will said, was a low wall constructed by the previous owner of the home after a car had smashed into the area near the front door on an icy morning in December 2011.
“I hoping to talk to Brookfield to see if they can put something on the corner to see if it can prevent it from happening again,” Will said.
At about 6:35 a.m., while Will stood outside inspecting the damage to his home, a 48-year-old Harvey man lost control of the U.S. Postal Service truck he was driving westbound on 31st Street when it hit ice on the bridge.
The truck spun across the eastbound lanes of traffic and into a guardrail, preventing it from going into the woods on the south side of the street. Paramedics transported the driver to Loyola University Medical Center for treatment of injuries described as minor.