Semi Truck Crashes That Occur On Will County Expressways

Semi truck crashes occur in significant numbers in Will County. As discussed on the “Will County Truck Accidents” page, many factors – principally the amount of county truck traffic – contribute to a high number of trucking accidents.

Semi truck crashes occur as trucks are vulnerable to crashing due to various physical characteristics. Trucks tend to be heavy, especially if full. This weight can contribute to long stop distances, as well as various issues that can contribute to a loss of control. This vulnerability is increased at higher speeds, such as on expressways.

As well, as seen in various statistics, many truck accidents are the fault of the truck driver.

Will County accidents involving trucks that have caused injury (and in some cases fatalties) can be seen discussed in posts found under the “truck accidents” category.

There was a semi truck accident Thurday (December 26, 2019) on westbound I-80 near New Lenox. This crash caused a hazmat response.

The incident is discussed in a variety of media sources, including the December 26, 2019 NBC Chicago article (with video) titled “Semi Rollover Blocks I-80 Lanes Near New Lenox, Prompts Hazmat Response.”

An excerpt:

Officers responded to the crash about 8:30 a.m., in a construction zone in the westbound lanes of I-80 near mile marker 138, according to Illinois State police.

According to authorities, the driver of the tractor said he was trying to change lanes from the left to the right lane when the trailer began to “swap uncontrollably.” The driver lost control of the vehicle, striking the guardrail on the right side of the roadway. The trailer ultimately overturned, according to authorities.

As a result of this crash, the truck leaked roughly 100 gallons of phosphoric acid. Due to this leaking and the hazmat response, the expressway was closed until at least 3:00 p.m.

No injuries appear to have occurred.

Additional discussion of Will County semi truck crashes, as well as the I-80 crash mentioned above, can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

Crest Hill Bicycle Accident Leads To Fatal Accident Injuries

A Crest Hill bicycle accident occurred early Monday (December 9, 2019) morning. This Crest Hill bicycle accident was a “hit & run” collision, i.e. a vehicle hit the bicyclist and then the driver left the accident scene.

Details regarding the reason for this crash are not publicly available at this time. The “hit & run” driver involved in this Crest Hill bicycle accident has not been apprehended at this time.

According to Crest Hill Police, the bicycle accident occurred shortly before 4 a.m. At the time of the collision, the bicyclist was riding home from Anthony’s Restaurant & Pub near Louis Joliet Mall. The accident happened in the 2400 block of Plainfield Road. The bicyclist was found by another motorist along the side of the road.

Police found the bicyclist with serious, life-threatening injuries. He was taken to AMITA Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet for treatment of his accident injuries.

The bicyclist was identified as Dennis Ledenbach, Jr., 46, of Joliet. Among his injuries was brain damage. He was on life support and subsequently passed away.

Those with information concerning this Crest Hill bicycle accident are asked to contact Crest Hill Police Investigator Joel Steen 815-741-5115. Tips can be left on an anonymous basis with Will County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-323-6734.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this “hit & run” accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the December 15, 2019 The Herald-News article titled “Injured cyclist dies after apparent hit-and-run” as well as the December 12 Joliet Patch article titled “Joliet Hit-And-Run Victim On Life Support.”

Further discussion of bicycle accidents, especially those that have occurred in Will County, can be seen on the “Bicycle Accidents In Will County” page. As discussed on that page – and seen in various Will County bicycle accidents – such bike accidents often result in serious injuries. Many such injuries are life-threatening, which in many cases have led to a fatality.