Viola Township - We've learned REACT, the medical helicopter from Rockford Memorial Hospital has crashed in a field in Lee County.
The accident happened near Melugins Grove and Stainbrook Road just south of I-88 around 8:30pm. Rescue crews are on scene. There were reportedly three crew members, but no patients on board and reportedly no survivors. The helicopter was on its way to Mendota to pick up a patient.
We have a crew on the scene and will bring you more information as soon as it's available. According to RMH's website, since 1987 REACT has completed more than 10,000 flights and 15,000 hours without incident.
The Lee County Sheriff, FAA, and NTSB are all now getting to the scene to begin the investigation.
Rockford Memorial Hospital is holding a press conference at 10:30 am this morning.