Interstate 80 Car Crash Involving Parked Semi Truck

A Interstate 80 car crash occurred Saturday (August 10, 2019) in Minooka. This Interstate 80 car crash resulted in the death of the driver of a car.

The accident happened in the westbound lanes, at the exit to a rest area. This I-80 car crash happened at approximately 10:30 a.m.

An excerpt regarding this Interstate 80 car crash, from the August 11, 2019 Kane County Chronicle article titled “St. Charles man dies in accident on I-80 in Minooka.” An excerpt:

Grundy County Coroner John Callahan reported Saturday afternoon that the preliminary investigation indicates a sedan, driven by Steven Raymond Shambora, 48, of St. Charles was heading west on I-80 when Shambora drove into the back of a semitractor-trailer which was parked on the shoulder of the roadway. The impact put the car under the trailer to the rear axle. Extrication was done by Minooka Fire.

Shambora was declared deceased at the accident scene. No other occupants were in the vehicle at the time of the crash.

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

The accident investigation is being conducted by the Coroner’s Office and the Illinois State Police.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Interstate 80 car crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above as well as the August 10 The Herald-News article titled “One person killed in car-truck accident along I-80 in Minooka.”

Additional discussion regarding I-80 accidents can be seen on the “I-80 Traffic Accidents In Will County.” Various accident statistics are seen on that page. As well, individual Will County Interstate 80 crashes are highlighted.

Steps to take after an accident are also discussed, including legal considerations such as medical considerations and the possible filing of a personal injury lawsuit.

As stated on the page, I-80 has a lot of truck traffic, and as such accidents involving semis and other trucks tend to frequently occur.

Southbound I-55 Car Crash Near Bolingbrook Leads To Fatality

A southbound I-55 car crash fatality occurred early Friday (June 21, 2019) morning. The crash involved a passenger car and Illinois State Police car. This southbound I-55 car crash involved an apparent loss of vehicle control near Bolingbrook. The accident happened in a construction zone just north of the Weber Road exit.

This southbound I-55 car crash is discussed in a number of media sources, including the June 21, 2019 kwqc.com article (with video and accident scene photos) titled “‘Please remember to be alert’; Illinois State Trooper injured, one dead after crash.” An excerpt:

Officials say the driver, a 33-year-old woman from Crest Hill, was driving a Fiat, lost control of the vehicle while traveling through the construction zone and overturned multiple times across the two left lanes. During this, the Fiat hit the rear of the trooper’s vehicle causing damage and injuring the trooper. The trooper had minor injuries.

Officials say the woman died from her injuries as a result of the crash.

The driver of the Fiat was identified as Danielle Nino, 33, of Crest Hill. She was declared dead at the accident scene by the Will County Coroner’s Office.

The accident remains under investigation.

Additional details regarding this southbound I-55 car crash can be seen in the article mentioned above as well as the June 21 wspynews.com article titled “Crest Hill Woman Killed, ISP Trooper Injured in Crash on I-55 Near Romeoville.”

Will County accidents involving loss of vehicle control are further discussed on the “Will County Loss Of Control Accidents” page. As mentioned on that page, there can be many reasons why a driver may lose control of a vehicle. Construction zones, such as that in the fatal I-55 car crash summarized above, can present a setting in which accidents are more likely to occur. Inadequate construction zone markings, sudden lane changes or lane endings, and other factors such as driving through a construction zone at excessive speed can increase the likelihood of a construction zone accident.

I-55 Fatal Collision In Shorewood Involving Two Vehicles

An I-55 fatal collision occurred in Shorewood Saturday (May 4, 2019) afternoon. This I-55 collision resulted in the death of a vehicle occupant.

Details regarding this I-55 fatal collision appear limited at this time.

An excerpt regarding the circumstances regarding this fatal Will County collision, from the May 6, 2019 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Woman killed in I-55 crash near Shorewood“:

Michelle D. McCombs, 58, was in a vehicle that was stopped partially in the left lane of northbound I-55 at 3:23 p.m., about a quarter-mile north of Illinois Route 59 in Shorewood, according to a statement from Illinois State Police.

A second vehicle, driven by a 16-year-old boy from Lockport, came around a curve and was unable to stop in time to avoid rear-ending McCombs’ vehicle, state police said.

According to the Illinois State Police and Will County Coroner’s Office, McCombs, of Romeoville, was pronounced dead at 6:16 p.m. after being taken to Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet.

The teenager was taken to a local hospital for treatment of accident injuries that were considered to be non-life-threatening injuries.

No citations have been issued with regard to this fatal Will County collision.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this I-55 fatal collision can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above as well as the May 6 Romeoville Patch article titled “Romeoville Woman Dies In I-55 Crash.”

Accidents in which a vehicle is “rear-ended” can result in a range of injuries. Some of the injuries are relatively minor; however, other injuries can be far more serious in nature. Some can lead to fatalities, such as the I-55 fatal collision discussed above.

One of the most common injuries resulting from a vehicle being rear-ended is that of “whiplash.” Various aspects of whiplash – including the health problems that it can cause – are further discussed on the “Whiplash” page.

I-55 Rollover Crash Near Mile Marker 256 Leads To Serious Injuries

There was an I-55 rollover crash that led to a driver being ejected and seriously injured. This I-55 rollover crash happened Thursday (March 21, 2019) evening shortly after 6:00 p.m. on northbound I-55 near mile marker 256.

According to information provided by the Illinois State Police, the accident involved two vehicles.

An excerpt regarding this I-55 rollover crash, from the March 22, 2019 Joliet Patch article titled “Person Ejected In I-55 Rollover Lives In Berwyn: State Police“:

According to police, Naperville resident Kanaga Sahadewan was driving a 2012 Acura TL in the center lane when Midcalf’s 2013 Kia Optima in the right lane tried to change lanes into the center lane, hitting the passenger side of the Naperville man’s Acura.

The Berwyn man’s Kia veered out of control, flipped several times before coming to a rest in a ditch, authorities said. Midcalf was thrown from his car and landed center lane of northbound I-55, police said. He was subsequently airlifted to a Chicago area hospital where he remains in serious condition, police said.

Sahadewan was not injured during the accident.

The accident investigation of this I-55 rollover crash is being conducted by the Illinois State Police.

The subject of car rollover accidents is further discussed on the “Will County Rollover Accidents” page. As discussed on that page, a rollover crash is one of the most serious types of crashes as they tend to lead to serious accident injuries. While there are many reasons as to why rollover crashes occur, one common factor is that they tend to occur at higher speeds.

Rollover accidents can be especially traumatic if vehicle occupants are not wearing seat belts at the time of the crash, as not having this type of restraint can lead to the vehicle occupant being partially or fully ejected (i.e. thrown from) the vehicle. Such ejections are typically highly physically traumatic and lead to serious, if not life-threatening, injuries.

Fatal Single-Car Accidents In Joliet During March 2019

There were two recent fatal single-car accidents in Joliet. These fatal single-car accidents lead to the deaths of a 21-year-old driver and a 70-year-old passenger. Both accidents happened in the early morning hours.

The first crash occurred near Interstate 55 (I-55) and Plainfield Road. Details on this crash appear very limited at this time. The driver of the
car, identified as Yasmin Castaneda, was later charged with felony drunk driving after she crashed into the I-55 overpass while driving on Plainfield Road. During the crash the car rolled onto its side. A passenger, identified as Gerardo Castaneda, 70, was pronounced dead at the accident scene.

The second of the fatal single-car accidents happened at approximately 1:00 a.m. near the 700 block of Hollywood Boulevard. In this crash, the car left the roadway and struck a fixed object. The reason for this apparent loss of vehicle control does not appear to be publicly disclosed at this time. [As discussed on the “Loss Of Vehicle Control” page, there can be many reasons why a driver may lose control of the vehicle. Some of these reasons may be caused by factors outside of the driver’s control, and some may be the fault of the driver, i.e. driver error. A traffic accident investigation often will be conducted to determine the reason(s) for the accident]

The driver of the car was identified as Keagan Sauerman, 21, of Plainfield. A subsequent autopsy revealed that he died from accident injuries resulting from the crash.

Both of these fatal single-car accidents in Joliet remain under investigation.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in the March 4, 2019 Joliet Patch article titled “Young Plainfield Man Dies In Joliet Crash,” the March 5 The Herald-News article titled “2 dead after weekend crashes in Joliet,” and the March 4 Joliet Patch article titled “Car Flips On Route 30, Passenger Dies, Driver Faces Felony DUI.”

New Lenox Township Crash On Route 6 Results In Fatality

There was a fatal New Lenox Township crash on the evening of Christmas (December 25, 2018) Day.

Details on this Will County fatal accident appear somewhat limited at this time. The cause of this fatal New Lenox Township crash does not appear to be publicly disclosed at this time.

An excerpt regarding this fatal New Lenox Township crash, from the December 27 The Herald News article titled “Joliet man dies in traffic accident on Christmas“:

Matthew J. Greaney, 27, was the driver of a vehicle that struck another vehicle on Route 6 near Blodgett Road. He was taken to the Silver Cross Hospital emergency room, where he was pronounced dead at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday.

A subsequent autopsy performed by the Will County Coroner’s Office indicated that Greaney suffered multiple accident injuries.

The accident investigation into this fatal New Lenox Township crash is being conducted by the Illinois State Police.

Additional details regarding this New Lenox Township accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above as well as the December 27 The New Lenox Patriot article titled “Man dies in fatal crash in New Lenox on Christmas.”

As discussed on the “Injuries Resulting From Various Types Of Vehicle Accidents” page, there are a wide range of injuries that can result from a vehicle accident. These injuries vary in severity, and some accident types typically result in more severe injuries. This page discusses not only various types of accidents and their associated injuries, but also “what to do” if you are injured during an accident. There are steps that should be taken as soon as possible, and these steps involve both medical and legal issues. As well, the filing of a personal injury lawsuit (or wrongful death lawsuit if a fatality has occurred) is discussed if another person or party was at fault for the accident.

Vehicle Crash Injuries And Their Associated Level Of Severity

Vehicle crash injuries can vary significantly depending upon the characteristics of the accident.  While some vehicle crash injuries are minor, and the associated pain and other impairments diminish after a short time, other injuries can have lasting effects.

As discussed on the “Injuries Resulting From Various Types Of Vehicle Accidents” page,  while serious injuries can occur during many types of crashes, there are certain types of collisions which typically result in serious, if not life-threatening vehicle crash injuries.  Among those types of crashes that often lead to critical injuries are “head-on collisions.”  An excerpt from the page regarding this type of highly traumatic collisions:

“Head-on collisions” typically are highly physically traumatic to vehicle occupants, as vehicle occupants are subject to physical forces that are both strong and highly unnatural.  As seen in many Illinois accidents of this type, it is not uncommon for these crashes to lead to immediate fatalities for some of those involved.

Many aspects of “head-on collisions” are further discussed on the “Will County ‘Head-On Collisions’” page.  A high percentage of the Will County “head-on crashes” highlighted on that page led to one or more fatalities.

An Illinois crash, summarized in the August 24, 2016 Madison Record article titled “Woman sues over Granite City collision,”  serves to highlight various injuries and the impact they have had, as claimed in a lawsuit.  As seen in the article, the accident involved a “chain-reaction” crash that involved three vehicles.

An excerpt from the article, concerning the injuries alleged by the plaintiff, Tonya M. Racelis:

The lawsuit states Racelis sustained injuries to her head, neck, spine and lower back, causing her pain and suffering, disability, disfigurement, loss of wages and medical expenses.

Additional discussion concerning vehicle crash injuries, including those that have occurred during Will County accidents, can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

Plainfield Car Crash Near 135th Street and Meadow Lane

A Plainfield car crash involving a failure to yield occurred Friday (November 16, 2018) evening.

According to Plainfield Police, the two-vehicle crash occurred just after 6:15 p.m., near 135th Street and Meadow Lane.

This Plainfield car crash involved one vehicle striking another before striking a tree.

An excerpt regarding the crash and the charges filed against the driver, Max W. Winkelmann, 19, of Plainfield, from the November 20, 2018 Romeoville Patch article titled “Romeoville Teen Faces Weapons Charge After Crash:  Cops“:

Winkelmann was charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, failure to yield and an intersection, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving an uninsured vehicle and unlawful use of a weapon.

Additional details regarding this Plainfield car crash can be seen in the article mentioned above.

As discussed on the “Will County Loss Of Control Accidents” page, loss of vehicle control can occur due to many reasons.  Common reasons include driver distraction, driver error, driver impaired by alcohol or driver impaired by drug use, and various road hazards.

One factor that often contributes to a loss of vehicle control is driving at an excessive speed.  Driving considerably above the speed limit – or driving too fast for conditions – can increase the possibility that the driver will lose control of the vehicle at some point.  Driving fast increases the possibility of a crash as well as increases the likelihood of serious resulting injuries.

Injuries that occur during a loss of vehicle control vary considerably both in type and in severity.  However, it is common for such injuries to be serious in nature – and possibly life-threatening – as a collision at speed often is highly forceful in nature.  If the loss of control involves the vehicle leaving the roadway, it is possible that the vehicle will strike a fixed object.  As seen in many Will County accidents, including the Plainfield car crash summarized above, this fixed object often is a tree.

Bolingbrook Fatal Car Crash On November 8, 2018

A Bolingbrook fatal car crash occurred Thursday (November 8, 2018) night.  This single-vehicle Bolingbrook fatal car crash appears to have involved a loss of vehicle control.

The driver of the vehicle, identified as Todd DeTamble, 44, of Plainfield.  He died at the accident scene.

According to the Bolingbrook Police Department, the crash happened at approximately 8:15 p.m., just to the south of 1701 Remington Boulevard.

An excerpt regarding the accident, from the November 12 Bolingbrook Patch article titled “Funeral Set For Plainfield Man Killed In Bolingbrook“:

“Vehicle driven by victim was (eastbound on) Frontage into (the) curve at Remington,” police said. “Vehicle left roadway from the curve still (eastbound) into the parkway, struck a ComEd electric pole, rolled, and came to rest in the vacant lot which is north of 1701 Remington.”

As further discussed on the “Will County Loss Of Control Accidents” page, there can be many reasons why a driver may lose control of a vehicle.  Among the common reasons are driver distraction, driver error, driving while impaired, and road hazards.  Another reason may be that there is a mechanical failure in the vehicle, or another type of failure such as a tire blowout.

A factor that may precipitate a loss of vehicle control is driving at high speed.  Driving considerably above the speed limit can increase the possibility that the driver will lose control of the vehicle.

Injuries that occur during a loss of vehicle control can vary.  However, it is common for such injuries to be serious in nature – and possibly life-threatening – as a collision at speed often occurs.  If the vehicle leaves the roadway due to the loss of control, the vehicle can collide with fixed objects such as trees, utility poles, and other items.

Additional details regarding loss of vehicle control accidents, as well as the Bolingbrook fatal car crash mentioned, can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

Fatal I-80 Car Crash Just To The East Of Houbolt Avenue

There was a fatal I-80 car crash in Joliet on Monday (November 5, 2018) afternoon.   This fatal I-80 car crash appears to have involved a loss of vehicle control.

According to preliminary accident investigation findings from the Illinois State Police, the accident happened as a car was traveling on eastbound I-80.  For a currently unknown reason, the car veered off the expressway near mile marker 129.

An excerpt regarding the crash, quoting an Illinois State Police statement, from the November 6, 2018 Channahon Patch article titled “Lockport Motorist Dies On Joliet I-80 Stretch“:

“According to preliminary investigations, the Toyota was traveling eastbound on I-80 just east of Houbolt Avenue when, for unknown reasons, it drove off the right side of the roadway, striking a tree and overturning. The driver, Jeanine Ibrahim, was pronounced deceased on the scene by the Will County Coroner. It was reported that Ibrahim was not wearing her seatbelt at the time of the crash,” police said.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal I-80 car crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above as well as the November 6 wjol.com article (with accident scene photo) titled “Single Vehicle Fatal Crash On I-80 In Joliet.”