By: Diane Benjamin
Last Thursday about 4:45 pm I was headed into Bloomington via East Oakland. The road was closed in both directions by A LOT of emergency vehicles, at least two big fire trucks and MANY police.
There was so many emergency vehicles I thought for sure somebody had been seriously injured or maybe shot by the police. It was getting dark, the sea of red and blue lights was blinding.
All vehicles approaching from the east were forced to turn into Waterford Estates – a subdivision with No Other Exit. The main road meandered west and east only to end in cul-de-sacs. The north side borders the airport. I long string of vehicles tried to find an escape – to no avail. I hope the subdivision never has to be quickly evacuated, quick won’t happen.
On Friday there was nothing on the news or in the paper, that I saw. Since I don’t subscribe I may have missed a small blurb. I resorted to the next best thing. I did a FOIA request to both the Bloomington Police and Fire Departments. I only received one response: FOIA 16-01-0024 Crash Report B16-56957 Benjamin_REDACTED-1
In case you were on East Oakland last Thursday and wondering what happened, a vehicle turned left from Waterford in front of a car heading west. At least one person was taken to the hospital, condition unknown.
All I could see in the haze of red and blue was one vehicle resting near the sidewalk and over the curb. From the time listed on the report, I got to the scene shortly after it happened. The road must have been closed in both directions to accommodate all the emergency vehicles.
If you were there, now you know what happened. The rest of you can be assured your police and fire will show up in force when necessary.
I hope everybody is recovering. Since it won’t make the news, we can’t know for sure.