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As communities around the WCSJ listening area were shutdown in response to COVID-19 between March and May, reports show an impact was realized in traffic crash reporting.   

In Morris, the monthly data provided by the Morris Police Department reveals declining figures between 2019 and 2020.

In March, authorities reported 42 crashes, of which 18 resulted in private property damage and 24 resulted in non-private property damage. Reports also show that no injuries incurred. 

The prior year’s crash total amounts to 44, of which 20 involved private property damage and 24 involved non-private property damage. The data also reveals that no injuries incurred. 

In April, the Morris Police Department reported 20 crashes, of which nine resulted in private property damage and 11 resulted in non-private property damage. Reports also show that one injury incurred.

The prior year’s crash total amounts to 56, of which 19 involved private property damage and 37 involved non-private property damage. The data also reveals that six injuries incurred.

In May, authorities reported 45 crashes, of which 24 resulted in private property damage and 21 resulted in non-private property damage. Reports also show that three injuries incurred.

The prior year’s crash total amounts to 55, of which 24 involved private property damage and 31 involved non-private property damage. The data also reveals that four injuries incurred.

Morris Police Chief John Severson had this to say of the numbers.

Severson spoke of how the police department changed its operations from March through May.

The trends noted in the Morris Police Department’s reporting tend to hold true across Grundy County-area communities.

In Minooka, the data supplied monthly to the Minooka Village Board shows a drop in traffic crashes from 2020 to 2019 between March and May.

In March, the Minooka Police Department reported 47 total crashes compared to 32 in 2019. The data shows that 43 of those crashes are property damage and four resulted in injury/fatality.

In April, authorities reported 55 total crashes compared to 56 in 2019. The data shows that 51 of those crashes are property damage and four resulted in injury/fatality.

In May, authorities reported 64 total crashes compared to 75 in 2019. The data shows that 58 of those crashes are property damage and six resulted in injury/fatality.

Elsewhere in Channahon, the data maintained by the Channahon Police Department reveals a decrease in traffic crashes.

In March, authorities tallied seven crashes, of which five involved property damage and two  involved private property. The data also shows that no injuries incurred.

The prior year’s crash total amounts to nine, of which eight involved property damage and one involved private property.

In April, the Channahon Police Department tallied four crashes, of which three involved property damage and one involved private property. The data also shows that one injury incurred.

The prior year’s crash total amounts to eight, of which two involved property damage and six involved private property. The data also shows that no injuries incurred.

In May, authorities tallied eight crashes, of which five involved property damage and three involved private property. The data also shows that one injury incurred.

The prior year’s crash total amounts to 12, of which seven involved property damage and five involved private property. The data also shows that no injuries incurred.