Driver Dies Following Multi-Vehicle Accident Near Frankfort

A driver died following a 3-car “chain-reaction” crash near Frankfort Wednesday afternoon, March 8, 2017.

According to preliminary crash investigation findings from the Will County Sheriff’s Office, the multi-vehicle crash happened at approximately 1:15 p.m. Wednesday at Center Road and Pauling Road.

At that time, the driver of one car – a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu – failed to see the stop sign as the car was traveling eastbound on Pauling Road.  As the Malibu continued through the intersection, it was struck on the driver’s side (possibly “t-boned”) by a 2006 Mercury Grand Marquis.  The collision forced the Grand Marquis into the northbound lane, where it struck (in a “head-on collision”) a 2011 Cadillac SUV.

According to the Will County Coroner’s Office, the driver of the Grand Marquis (Charles R. Sharp, 57, of Peotone) died early Thursday morning in the intensive care unit (ICU) of Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox.

An excerpt from the March 9, 2017 Joliet Patch article titled “3-Car Wreck Claim’s 1 Man’s Life,” regarding the drivers when they were found at the accident scene:

All three drivers were responsive when deputies arrived, police said. Sharp had reportedly suffered extensive bruising to his arms, face and forehead.

Deputies spoke with Sharp at the hospital, police said, but Silver Cross staff told them he was bleeding internally and had to go into emergency surgery.

The driver of the Chevrolet Malibu, identified as Donna J. Dust, 68, of Beecher, was also taken to Silver Cross Hospital for treatment of her accident injuries.

An excerpt from the March 9 The Herald-News article titled “Man dies after 3-vehicle crash near Frankfort“:

The driver of the SUV, a 66-year-old Manteno woman, was taken to Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee, where she was treated for bruising to her head, neck and back, and released, according to police reports.

Donna Dust was ticketed for failing to stop at a stop sign.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Will County multi-vehicle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Joliet Patch and The Herald-News articles mentioned above.

Fatal Crash In Elwood Involving Car And Semi Truck

There was a fatal crash Thursday morning (March 2, 2017) in Elwood, involving a car and semi truck.

According to the Elwood Police Department, the crash occurred on the Arsenal Road bridge, between I-55 and Elwood International Port Road, at 5:25 a.m.

At that time, the driver of a 2003 Pontiac lost control of the car as the vehicle was traveling westbound near the crest of the bridge on Arsenal Road.  The car slid into the eastbound lane and was struck by an eastbound semi truck.

The driver of the car, identified at this time only as a 32-year-old man from Park Forest, was killed in the crash and had to be extricated from the car.

A passenger in the car, identified as a 39-year-old man from Richton Park, was taken to Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet for treatment of accident injuries that were termed “serious injuries.”

The driver of the semi truck suffered minor injuries, and was also taken to Saint Joseph Medical Center for medical treatment.

An excerpt from the Chicago Sun-Times article of March 2, 2017, titled “Man killed in crash with semi on icy bridge in Elwood“, referring to Elwood Police Chief Fred Hayes:

Hayes said it appears the driver of the Pontiac lost control because the road was icy. No charges or citations have been issued.

Another excerpt, from The Herald-News article of March 2, titled “Elwood police:  Icy roads cause fatal crash Thursday“:

The Illinois State Police accident reconstruction team was called in to assist with the investigation, Hayes said.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Will County accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Sun-Times and The Herald-News articles mentioned above.

Multi-Vehicle Crash On Route 83 Near Lemont

Overnight and into the early morning, a light snow fell throughout the Chicago area.

This light snow contributed to slippery road conditions in various areas.

One such crash happened on Route 83, between Archer Avenue and 107th Street, near Lemont.

An excerpt from the March 2, 2017 Bolingbrook Patch article titled “Several Cars Involved in Crash That Closed Route 83“:

WGN-TV Traffic reported just before 6 a.m. that lanes were closed in both directions near the area. As many as 15 cars may have been involved in the crash, according to a WJOL report.

Media reports do not appear to indicate if there were accident injuries resulting from this multi-vehicle crash.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Bolingbrook Patch mentioned above.

Motorcycle Crashes Into Garage In New Lenox

On Friday night (February 17, 2017) there was a motorcycle crash in New Lenox after which the motorcyclist was charged with driving under the influence.

New Lenox Police were called to the accident scene at 11:35 p.m., in the 2000 block of Northwind Drive.  Witnesses had seen a motorcycle strike a garage, after which the motorcyclist drove away.

The motorcyclist was later stopped by police.

An excerpt from the February 21, 2017 New Lenox Patch article titled “Bleeding Motorcyclist Gets DUI After Crashing Into Garage:  Cops“:

Joseph A. Allan was stopped by police shortly after the incident was reported at 11:35 p.m. and after witnesses at the scene said the driver of the motorcycle was injured and possible impaired.

Further information concerning the accident, from the February 21 The Herald-News article titled “Frankfort man hits New Lenox garage with motorcycle“:

Allan also allegedly had unprescribed medication with him. He was treated at Silver Cross Hospital and then booked into the Will County jail on charges of drug possession, driving under the influence, hit-and-run and violating the state’s concealed carry law.

Additional details regarding this Will County motorcycle accident can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

New Lenox Fatal Motorcycle Crash On I-80 Ramp

There was a fatal motorcycle accident Sunday evening (February 19, 2017) on an I-80 ramp in New Lenox.   Preliminary information indicates that this fatal crash involved a loss of motorcycle control.

According to information provided by the Illinois State Police (ISP) and the Will County Coroner’s Office, the accident happened as a motorcyclist was traveling on the I-80 westbound ramp to I-355 at approximately 5:40 p.m.   At that time, the rider lost control of the motorcycle,  and the motorcycle left the roadway.  The motorcycle came to rest in the grass median.

The motorcyclist was identified as Reuben W. Richardson, 55, of Naperville.  He was pronounced dead at the accident scene.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Will County motorcycle crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the February 20, 2017 Joliet Patch article titled “Motorcycle Man Killed In Sunday Night Crash” as well as the February 20 CBS Chicago article titled “Motorcyclist Killed In I-80 Crash In New Lenox.”

Fatal Peotone Motorcycle Crash

There was a fatal motorcycle accident late Saturday night (February 18, 2017) in Peotone.

According to information from the Illinois State Police (ISP) as well as the Will County Coroner’s Office, the crash happened just before midnight in the 300 block of Harlem Avenue.  At that time, for a currently undetermined reason, the motorcyclist lost control of the motorcycle and the motorcycle left the roadway.

The rider of the motorcycle,  Michael J. Colella, 59, of Manteno, as well as the passenger, identified as Rita A. Linderen, 48, of Monee, were both pronounced dead at the accident scene early Sunday morning.

Additional details and possible updates regarding this fatal Will County motorcycle crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the February 19 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “2 dead in Peotone motorcycle crash” as well as the February 19 The Herald-News article titled “2 dead after motorcycle crash in Peotone.”

Numerous People Injured In I-55 Crash

There was a multi-vehicle crash on Interstate 55 (I-55) Friday afternoon (February 17, 2017) in Joliet.  The crash involved nine vehicles.

According to the Illinois State Police (ISP) the crash happened at 4:32 p.m., and involved a semi truck and numerous cars.  While the specific cause of the crash does not appear to be publicly disclosed at this time, it is reported that the crash involved vehicles getting “rear-ended.”

One person was flown to Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove for treatment of accident injuries which were considered to be serious in nature.

Other people were also injured and taken to hospitals.

Additional details and possible updates regarding this I-55 multi-vehicle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the February 17, 2017 Romeoville Patch article titled “9-Vehicle Pileup Shuts Down I-55” as well as the February 17 The Herald-News article titled “I-55 closed at Route 126 after crash; 1 airlifted.”

Truck Driver Health And Crashes

Truck accidents that occur in Will County are discussed on the “Will County Truck Accidents” page.  This page discusses various Will County truck accident statistics, and discusses causes of truck accidents.

Individual posts that largely summarize truck accidents that have happened in Will County are seen under the “truck accidents” category.

Newly released research from Medline Plus (National Institutes of Health) discusses another factor that appears to have an influence on truck crashes – the health of the truck driver.

An excerpt from the Medline Plus page titled “Truckers’ Poor Health:  An Accident Waiting to Happen?“:

Researchers examined data from more than 49,000 commercial truck drivers and found that 34 percent had at least one of several health problems — such as heart disease, low back pain and diabetes — that have been linked with poor driving performance.

Truck drivers with three or more of the flagged medical conditions were two to four times more likely to be in a crash than their healthier peers, the University of Utah researchers found.

For example, the rate of crashes resulting in injury among all truck drivers was 29 per 100 million miles traveled, but was 93 per 100 million miles traveled for drivers with three or more of the identified health problems.

However, the study wasn’t designed to prove a cause-and-effect link.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this issue can be seen in the Medline Plus page mentioned above.

Numerous Weather-Related Crashes On I-55

There were a variety of traffic accidents Wednesday morning (February 8, 2017) on I-55 in Channahon, as well as on I-80.  Light snow, which had caused slippery road conditions, is being cited as a major factor in the crashes.

According to the Illinois State Police (ISP) one I-55 crash involved eight to ten cars, and this crash happened at 5:49 a.m. near Arsenal Road.

An excerpt regarding another Interstate 55 crash, from the February 8 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Crashes close I-55 in Channahon“:

Police said a separate crash happened about that same time in the northbound lanes of I-55 near the bridge over the Des Plaines River.

Various I-55 crashes, and an I-80 crash, are discussed in the February 8, 2017 Joliet Patch article titled “Slick Roads Contribute to I-55, I-80 Crashes:  Report.”

An excerpt:

Illinois State Police could not immediately provide details on the accidents, telling Patch, “We have crashes everywhere.”

Additional details regarding these Will County crashes can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the sources mentioned above.

I-80 Accident Involving Car Traveling In Wrong Direction

There was a crash on I-80 near Minooka early Sunday morning (January 29, 2017) involving a car traveling in the wrong direction.

According to the Illinois State Police (ISP), this “wrong-way driver” crash happened as the driver of a 2003 Ford Focus was traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes of I-80.  At 3:07 a.m., the car crashed “head-on” with a semi truck about two miles east of Ridge Road.

The driver of the car was critically injured during the crash, and was flown to Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove for medical treatment of her accident injuries.

The driver of the semi truck was not injured during the crash.

An excerpt from the January 29, 2017 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Woman charged with DUI after wrong-way crash on I-80” with regard to the driver of the car:

Breanna Simmons, 27, was charged with DUI and improper lane usage, according to Illinois State Police.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this “wrong-way driver” crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Sun-Times article mentioned above, as well as the January 29 CBS Chicago article titled “Woman Critically Injured In I-80 Wrong-Way Crash Near Minooka.”