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.