Champaign, IL - A single-vehicle accident occurred when the driver of a car apparently didn't realize the street ended at the intersection of North Elm and West Eureka streets in Champaign and ended up stuck on the embankment of the Detention/Recreation area also known as Mini Park VIII. The recreation area serves mainly as a drainage ditch to alleviate flooding. However, there is also a basketball court inside the ditch that serves as a small recreational park.
Initial reports to fire and rescue indicated the vehicle may have caught on fire. Champaign Fire Department responded along with two police units. After inspecting the vehicle and speaking with the driver, they ascertained there was no risk of fire, and firefighters left shortly after. There were also no injuries involved.
Mini Park VIII is situated between a recycling plant, railroad tracks, and a wooded area. At the top of the embankment, there is a dirt path that leads to the train tracks, across from which is Spalding Park. The drainage ditch slopes down on each side about 10 feet, which caused the vehicle to become lodged on the other end of the ditch.
The area is prone to accidents as there are no warning signs to alert inattentive drivers that the street ends abruptly. In dark conditions, it can be difficult to tell until it is too late. It took about 10 minutes for first responders to give the all-clear and call for a towing vehicle. After the first responders left, the vehicle is seen still stuck in the ditch. No information on what happened to the driver at this time.