The severe weather this past weekend played a role in two fatal car accidents.
The first one was reported shortly before 3 a.m Sunday when a woman from West Frankfort lost control of her car and crashed into a nearby creek.
25-year-old Allyson Russel was traveling north on Binkley Street in Johnston City when she lost control of her vehicle turning onto Water Street. She landed in a creek, which carried her car dowstream about 1/8 of a mile.
Six different crews helped recover the vehicle, which was submerged in 12 feet of water.
The second accident was reported around 11:20 a.m. Sunday when a vehicle traveling north on I-57 tried slowing down near another accident site, but lost control after hitting a patch of ice.
The vehicle ran off the side of the road and hit a tree, killing 42-year-old passenger Robert Mata of Chicago.
38-year-old Erwin Saulog was the driver of the vehicle, and he was released from Heartland Regional Medical Center.