Road Hazard Presented By Pavement Buckling In Frankfort

Road hazards have been often discussed on this site, as such road hazards can suddenly present a dangerous situation to motorists and other road users such as motorcyclists.  Road hazards can take many forms, including items that are sitting on the roadway or items that fall off of other vehicles.  These hazards are often unexpected and can pose a challenge to drivers who have to avoid hitting such objects.

One category of road hazard relates to pavement deformities.  This  including potholes, broken pavement, uneven pavement, large cracks, and gravel.  One type of pavement problem is pavement buckling.  This involves the sudden “buckling” of pavement during which one portion of the pavement sudden breaks and rises significantly above the roadway.

While this is somewhat rare, it has happened in the Chicago area during times of hot temperatures.  Recently, there was an incident on Route 41 in Highland Park, and past incidents have happened in Chicago as well as other areas.

The May 27, 2018 Mokena Patch article titled “Hot Temperatures Cause Concrete To Buckle On LaGrange Road” discusses a pavement buckling that happened on Sunday (May 27, 2018) in Frankfort, on LaGrange Road south of Nebraska Street.

An excerpt from the article, commenting on pavement buckling that happened on May 26:

This is the second time this week that excessive heat has created buckling concrete on LaGrange. A similar occurence happened Saturday, but the Illinois Department of Transportation was able to fix it.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this road hazard issue can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

Car “Rear-Ended” By SUV During Fatal I-57 Collision

There was a fatal car accident Monday (May 14, 2018) afternoon involving one car getting “rear-ended” on Interstate 57 (I-57) near Manhattan-Monee Road.  The three-vehicle accident included a child being ejected from a SUV.

According to the Illinois State Police, the three-vehicle accident happened on mile post 336 at approximately 3:40 p.m.  At that time a Ford car was “rear-ended” by a 2003 Cadillac Escalade which was driven by Michael Rodriguez, 45, of Peotone.

The driver of the car was identified as Thomas Stiso, 29, of Glenwood.  His car was pushed into the back of a Volvo semi truck after being struck by the Escalade being driven by Rodriguez.  Stiso died at the accident scene.

A child in the Escalade was ejected from the vehicle and hospitalized with injuries that were considered to be non-life-threatening in nature.

An excerpt from the May 15, 2018 Mokena Patch article titled “Driver Killed In 3-Car Crash On I-57“:

Rodriguez was also hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries. He was then charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, failure to secure child in a proper child restraint system and driving while license revoked have been filed, according to police.

The driver of the semi truck, identified as a 43-year-old man, was not injured in the accident.

Additional details regarding this fatal Will County accident in which one vehicle was “rear-ended” can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above.

While this accident in which the one vehicle struck the back of another vehicle resulted in a fatality, there are many instances when this type of accident results in vehicle occupants suffering non-fatal injuries.  One of the most common types of accident injuries resulting from this type of collision is “whiplash.”  As further discussed on the “whiplash” page, there are many reasons as to why “whiplash” injuries occur.  An excerpt from that page:

When “whiplash” occurs, it has the potential to be a serious medical issue.   The occupants of the vehicle that gets “rear ended” have their heads and necks bent forcibly backward and forward. During the motion, various muscles, discs, nerves, and tendons in the neck are involved.  While many factors dictate the extent and severity of the whiplash, the force of the collision is a primary factor.

Fatal Will County Pedestrian Accident Route 53 Near Greenwood Avenue

There was a fatal Will County pedestrian accident Monday (May 7, 2018) afternoon.

Details on the accident appear somewhat limited at this time.

The pedestrian accident involved a man who was struck by a semi truck as he was attempting to cross Route 53, near Greenwood Avenue (in the 600 block of North Route 53.)  The collision occurred at approximately 3:00 p.m.

The pedestrian was identified by the Will County Coroner’s Office as Michael B. Loehman, 20, of Romeoville.  He was pronounced dead at 5:07 p.m.

The accident investigation was conducted and caused Route 53 to be closed between Normantown Road and Arlington Drive for almost five hours.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Will County pedestrian accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the May 7 Romeoville Patch article titled “Romeoville Man, 20, Killed In Route 53 Semi Crash” as well as the May 7 The Herald-News article titled “Breaking:  20-year-old Romeoville man killed in Route 53 crash.”

“Head-On Collision” In Plainfield Seriously Injures Two Drivers

There was a “head-on collision” Saturday (May 5, 2018) afternoon in Plainfield.  Two drivers were injured during the crash and hospitalized.

An excerpt regarding the collision, from the May 5, 2018 Joliet Patch article titled “Woman Airlifted After Head-On Plainfield Crash“:

A woman was airlifted to Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove in serious condition after a head-on crash Saturday afternoon in Plainfield. Plainfield Fire Protection District Deputy Chief Jon Stratton said the crash happened at around 4 p.m. on Ridge Road south of Walker Road.

A third vehicle collided with one of the vehicles involved.

Both drivers were taken to hospitals (one was flown) for medical treatment of their accident injuries.  Both were reported to be in serious condition.

The reason for the collision does not appear to be publicly disclosed at this time.

As discussed on the “Will County ‘Head-On Collisions’” page, there can be many reasons as to why such a crash occurs.  Due to the physical forces involved, as well as other characteristics, these crashes often result in serious accident injuries to vehicle occupants.  Many such collisions result in fatal injuries.

Often, the severity of accident injuries is worse if vehicle occupants are not wearing seat belts at the time of the frontal collision.  An unrestrained vehicle occupant is likely to be ejected (i.e. partially or fully) thrown from the vehicle.  A broad range of serious accident injuries can occur if someone is ejected, as seen in accidents involving ejections in the Chicago area.

The safety benefits of wearing seat belts is discussed on the “Seat Belts As An Accident Preventative Measure” page.   As seen on that page, Will County accidents in which occupant ejections occurred resulted in a high percentage of fatal injuries.

Additional details regarding “head-on collisions” and the accident injuries that can occur can be seen in the sources mentioned above.