SEPTEMBER HAS BEEN a busy month for the Pana Fire Department and Pana Emergency Medical Services. They have responded to nearly 60 calls since the first of the month.
One of those calls was for a car fire in the parking lot of County Market on Sunday, Sept. 20.
A 62-year-old Pana man was injured in a car-motorcycle accident at 5:47 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 17, in front of the Pana Bowl on U. S. 51/Route 16.
According to Pana EMS officials, a 1997 Toyota, driven by Kody Cole, 28, of rural Herrick, was eastbound on the highway. A vehicle in front of him slowed to make a left turn into the Bowl parking lot and the Cole vehicle slowed as well. But, a 1975 Harley-Davidson motorcycle, driven by James Challans of Pana, also eastbound, apparently did not see the cars in front of him slowing down and he struck the rear of the Cole vehicle.
Challans was thrown from the motorcycle and it broke in half when it struck the pavement. He was treated at the scene and taken to Pana Community Hospital by Pana Ambulance Service where he was stablilized, then flown to St. John’s Hospital in Springfield for treatment of his injuries. Cole was not injured.
Pana Fire Department directed traffic as the eastbound lane was closed while the accident was investigated and the scene cleaned up. Rose City Towing removed the motorcycle from the scene.
Illinois State Police, who investigated the accident said neither driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs. They issued Challans a citation for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.
The Pana Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services have been very busy in the month of September. To date they have responded to 60 total calls. Eleven of them have been fire/rescue and 49 EMS calls.