Drivers killed in fatal Champaign County crash ID’d

Published: Saturday, October 07, 2017 @ 10:44 AM
Updated: Saturday, October 07, 2017 @ 4:30 PM

Fatal crash near Urbana

UPDATE @ 4:30 p.m.

The two drivers killed in a four-vehicle crash have been identified as Joseph Brandyberry, 32, of Urbana, and Todd Bayless, 33, of Urbana, according to the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office.

Brandyberry was driving a 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser that went left of center around 10:15 a.m. in front of 1796 U.S. 68 South. His vehicle struck a 2004 Ford F-150 driven by John Keechle, 64, of Springfield.

Brandyberry’s PT Cruiser then struck a 2004 Chrysler Town & Country minivan head-on that was driven by Bayless. The minivan then was struck by a 2008 Honda Accord driven by Lukas McKee, 35, of Urbana, the sheriff’s office said.

Brandyberry was taken to Urbana Mercy emergency room, where he was pronounced dead. Bayless was pronounced dead at the scene.

The crash remains under investigation.

UPDATE @ 1:20 p.m.

At least two people are dead following a four-car crash on U.S. 68 in Champaign County, Capt. Carl Loney said. 

Loney told our crew as many as eight people were involved in the crash allegedly caused by a wrong-way driver. 

Witnesses told police a PT Cruiser travelling northbound on the roadway when it went left of center and struck a southbound truck. 

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The truck then hit a minivan with as many as six people in it before another car crashed into the back end of the van, according to Loney. 

The identities of the deceased remain unknown as our newsroom works to learn more from police. 

Deputies continue to investigate at the scene, according to our crew.

UPDATE @ 11:19 a.m.

U.S. 68 is closed in both directions as crews work the scene of a fatal crash in Urbana Twp., according to dispatchers. 

Initial reports indicate the Champaign County coroner has been called to the scene. 

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Dispatchers said U.S. 68 is closed between U.S. 55 and Campground Road outside of Urbana. 

Our crew at the scene reports traffic is not backed up in the area and a truck is in a nearby ditch. 

We will continue to follow updates in this developing story.


Multiple medics and CareFlight crews are responding to a serious crash on south U.S. 68 in Champaign County. 

Crews were dispatched to the multi-car crash in the 1700 block of the highway in Urbana Twp. just before 10:30 a.m. 

Initial reports indicate one person is unresponsive and trapped in a car at the scene. 

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At least three CareFlight helicopters have been requested to the scene. 

Dispatchers could not confirm how many injuries were reported or how many cars were involved in the crash. 

We have a crew heading to the scene to learn more from deputies at the scene.

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Injury crash reported I-75 northbound in Dayton

Published: Sunday, February 18, 2018 @ 12:18 PM

Crews have responded to an injury crash on Interstate 75 northbound near West Second Street.

The far left lane was shut down around 11:50 a.m. Sunday.

Traffic has slowed in the remaining lanes.

We are on the scene working to learn more.

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Temperatures and rain chances on the rise this week

Published: Sunday, February 18, 2018 @ 4:27 AM
Updated: Sunday, February 18, 2018 @ 11:01 AM

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Clouds will give way to more sunshine this afternoon. It should be a nice looking day with highs in the middle 40s.

  • Dry today, more afternoon sunshine
  • Rain returns tomorrow
  • Flooding a concern this week with the amount of rain 

TONIGHT: Clouds return this evening and overnight tonight with rain arriving towards daybreak Monday. Temperatures overnight will be steady in the lower 40s.

MONDAY: Rain returns, and it could be heavy at times. While the chance for storms is not all that high, it can’t be ruled out. Highs will be in the lower to middle 60s.

TUESDAY: More dry time is expected, but storms will be possible later in the evening. Highs will be near 70 degrees.

WEDNESDAY: Rain showers are expected with highs near 60 degrees.

THURSDAY: The chance for rain continues mainly south. Highs will be in the middle 40s.

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OVI crash overnight knocks over AT&T pole, closes part of road

Published: Sunday, February 18, 2018 @ 10:10 AM

Wires Down Old Springfield Road

Old Springfield Road at Stillwater River is closed due to an OVI accident overnight. 

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The road between State Route 48 and Kley is closed after a vehicle hit an AT&T utility pole Sunday around 2 a.m., according to Butler Township Police.

According to police, AT&T is now at the scene. 

It’s not known if there were any injuries. 

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Smartphones and depression

Published: Thursday, February 15, 2018 @ 6:10 PM

Smartphones and depression


A disturbing link between teens with smartphones, depression and even suicide.

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News Center 7 shows you the small changes parents can make that may help kids better manage Monday beginning at 5 p.m. 

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