Traffic Blocked During Serious Accident


An accident in a busy part of Rockford puts one man in critical condition.

It happened just before 10 a.m. Sunday morning at the intersection of State Street and Bell School Road. Police say 24-year-old Paul Ranken was waiting to turn south onto Bell School Road from State Street, when he turned in front of a van driven by 75-year-old Dwayne Messman of Rockford. The van hit Ranken's car and then struck another car that was also waiting at the intersection.

Ranken was sent to Saint Anthony Medical Center where he's listed in critical condition. Messman suffered minor injures, and the three people in the other car weren't hurt.

Charges in this accident are pending.