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.

I-80 Car Collision Involving Illinois State Police Car

An I-80 car collision occurred Sunday (March 17, 2019) evening. This I-80 car collision involved an Illinois State Police (ISP) police car being “rear-ended” by another car. The man driving the other car was subsequently charged with DUI.

The accident is discussed in a number of media sources, including the March 19, 2019 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “State trooper injured in Joliet is 13th struck by vehicle this year.”

An excerpt from the article:

Rodolfo Mejia, 45, of Channahon, was charged with DUI and also cited for a violation of “Scott’s Law,” which mandates drivers to move over and slow down for emergency vehicles, state police said in a statement.

The trooper was inside his parked car at 6:40 p.m. during a traffic stop on I-80 near Hollywood Road when Mejia rear-ended him, police said. The impact sent the trooper’s car and a pulled over Nissan into a ditch.

Following this I-80 accident, bystanders had to help Mejia out of his car, after which the car caught on fire.

As seen in the accident scene photo, the State Police car was heavily damaged during the crash.

Both the Illinois State Trooper and Mejia were taken to the hospital for treatment of their accident injuries. Those injuries were considered to be non-life-threatening in nature.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this I-80 car collision can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above.

On this site, Will County crashes involving drivers who drive after excessive drinking – as well as those crashes involving drivers who drive while intoxicated by drugs – are summarized in posts found under the “DUI” category.

Additional discussion regarding the increasingly frequent problem of drug-impaired drivers, and the accident injuries involved during crashes they are involved in, is discussed on the “Vehicle Accidents Involving Drivers Under The Influence Of Drugs” page.

Crest Hill Pedestrian Accident Results In Fatal Accident Injuries

There was a Crest Hill pedestrian accident after which the man hit died early Monday (March 18, 2019) morning.

Details on this Crest Hill pedestrian accident appear limited at this time. Various media sources summarize the accident, including the March 18, 2019 Romeoville Patch article titled “Elderly Pedestrian Hit, Killed By Car In Crest Hill” as well as the March 18 The Herald-News article titled “Car strikes, kills elderly Crest Hill man.”

According to the Will County Coroner’s Office, the pedestrian was hit by a vehicle as he was walking near the intersection of McGilvray Drive and Weber Road.

The pedestrian was taken to the Amita/Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center emergency room. He was pronounced dead at 12:17 a.m. Monday morning.

He was identified as Juvencio Hernandez, 79, of Crest Hill.

The investigation of this Crest Hill pedestrian accident is being conducted by the Crest Hill Police Department.

An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.

As discussed on the “Will County Pedestrian Accidents And Injuries” page, there are many reasons as to why pedestrian accidents cause injuries that are often serious, if not life-threatening in nature. It is not uncommon for someone who has been hit by a car or other vehicle to be hurt and suffer multiple injuries. Recovery from such injuries varies depending upon many factors, including the type of injury as well as the physical aspects of the collision.

The aforementioned page highlights various Will County fatal pedestrian accidents, as well as accidents that have resulted in serious but non-fatal injuries.

Among common serious injuries that occur when a pedestrian is struck by a vehicle include broken bones, bruises, head injuries, soft-tissue damage, and back injuries.

Often, those who have been injured after being hit by a vehicle will seek to get injury compensation if the accident was not their fault. This compensation is often needed to cover medical costs and forms of compensation for other lost income. Other types of compensation can also be pursued depending on the specifics of the case.

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.”

Semi Truck Accidents That Occur In Will County, Illinois

Semi truck accidents in Will County occur in significant numbers for various reasons, as discussed on the “Will County Truck Accidents” page. Due to many physical characteristics of trucks, as well as the physics involved of driving and stopping trucks, trucks inherently are prone to loss of control issues. Many of these loss of control incidents lead to semi truck accidents in which people are often seriously, if not fatally, injured. This is especially so in truck accidents involving smaller vehicles such as cars, SUVs and pickup trucks, which have a distinctive weight and size disadvantage. A recent example of such semi truck accidents can be seen in the February 19, 2019 fatal Manhattan crash at the intersection of Cedar Road and Baker Road; a pickup truck and a semi truck were involved. Further instances of serious Will County semi truck accidents that have caused injury and in some cases death can be seen discussed in posts found under the “truck accidents” category.

There was another serious truck accident Wednesday (February 20, 2019) night in Plainfield. The truck crash occurred on Route 59 and was a single-vehicle accident.

The cause of this crash does not appear to be publicly disclosed at this time. The crash is discussed in a variety of media sources, including the February 20 Joliet Patch article titled “‘Major’ Semi Crash Closes Road, Causes Power Outage: Police.”

An excerpt:

A crash on Route 59 between 111th Street and 119th Street closed a section of Route 59 and sparked a power outage in the Champion Creek subdivision, Plainfield police said. According to police, a semi-tractor trailer was involved in a single-vehicle crash and struck a utility pole.

The crash caused street closures for a period of time.

Additional details regarding these semi truck accidents can be seen in a variety of media sources, including those mentioned above.

Fatal Manhattan Collision At Cedar Road and Baker Road

There was a fatal Manhattan collision this morning (February 19, 2019.) Details on the accident appear limited at this time. However, from what has been disclosed concerning this fatal Manhattan collision, the accident scene was at the intersection of Cedar Road and Baker Road. The vehicles involved included a pickup truck and a semi truck.

The accident occurred at approximately 5:54 a.m. The driver of the pickup truck, initially identified as a 49-year-old resident of New Lenox, was declared dead at the accident scene. The decedent was later identified as
James E. Harbin.

The truck driver, a 55-year-old man from Manhattan, was not injured during the accident.

This fatal accident remains under investigation. The cause of the collision does not appear to be publicly disclosed at this time. The New Lenox Police Department is asking those who may have information concerning this fatal Manhattan collision to contact Det. Mike Holford at (815) 478-4408.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Manhattan collision can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the February 19, 2019 Mokena Patch article titled “New Lenox Driver Dies In Manhattan Crash.”

Will County Drunk Driving And Associated Accidents With Injuries

Will County drunk driving continues to be a significant traffic safety problem. As discussed in various posts throughout this site, including the recent “Drunk Driving Accidents Causing Serious Injuries In Will County” post, Will County drunk driving has caused many accidents with injuries. Drivers who are driving while alcohol-impaired have been involved in many types of serious accidents, including vehicle rollover accidents as well as “head-on collisions.”

The February 4, 2019 Joliet Patch article, titled “Drunk Driver Caused Bad Crash Near Louis Mall: JPD” discusses a crash that allegedly involved Will County drunk driving. The driver allegedly at fault was charged with felony drunk driving.

The accident occurred on February 2, 2019.

An excerpt from the article:

A 39-year-old man from Shorewood has been charged with felony drunken driving in connection with a bad crash on Saturday night that left the other motorist with severe injuries, according to police. The crash happened on Plainfield Road near the on-ramp to Interstate 55.

As seen in the article, the motorist who was injured was driving eastbound on Plainfield Road at the time of the collision. That driver had to be extricated from the vehicle. The type and extent of the injuries were not disclosed.

On this site, accident injuries that result from various types of crashes are discussed on the “Injuries Resulting From Various Types Of Vehicle Accidents” page. As discussed on that page, there are various steps that one should take if injured in a vehicle accident. Among these steps are those that should be undertaken to protect one’s health as well as steps that should be taken to maximize one’s ability to attain accident injury compensation.

These steps to protect both one’s health, as well as attending to the legal issues, should be taken as soon as possible.

Additional details regarding these Will County drunk driving issues can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

Roadways Prone To Accidents Within The Chicago Area

Roadways prone to accidents can occur for many reasons. Among these reasons are overly complicated roadway designs; too much traffic for a given roadway; a lack of suitable traffic control devices; and too little traffic safety enforcement. As well, in addition to these factors, accidents with injuries are more prone to happen if vehicles are traveling at excessive speed. Vehicles traveling at excessive speed is problematical for many reasons, as further discussed on the “Speed As An Accident Cause And The Potential For Serious Injuries” page.

These roadways prone to accidents are a traffic safety concern as they often lead to accidents with injuries.  In the Chicago area there are many intersections which are considered due to various reasons to be “dangerous intersections” or intersections in which accidents frequently occur.  A broad range of accident types can occur, including “T-bone crashes”, “rear-end collisions,” pedestrian accidents, and bicycle accidents.  Often, a history of frequent accidents will lead to changes in the design of the roadways and intersections to reduce the possibility of additional accidents.

NBC Chicago ran a segment (video and article) on February 6, 2019 titled “Chicago-Area Drivers Navigate ‘Confusing’ Intersections.”  The video shows various roadways and intersections in the Chicago area – including those in Chicago, several in DuPage County, some commentary regarding roundabouts in Lake County, and a problematical intersection in Will County.

An excerpt from the article:

NBC 5 Investigates contacted transportation experts and dozens of area police departments to learn what they considered to be the potentially confusing new or old roadway designs.

With regard to the accident-prone intersection in Oak Brook, the article states the following:

22nd and Butterfield Road in Oak Brook (The roadway that is in straight alignment changes from 22nd Street to Butterfield Rd. Police said there were 69 crashes at this intersection in 2017.)

Additional details regarding these roadways prone to accidents can be seen in the NBC segment.

Drunk Driving Accidents Causing Serious Injuries In Will County

Drunk driving accidents continue to be a significant traffic safety issue in the Chicagoland area. Many serious drunk driving accidents – causing injuries and fatalities – have recently resulted due to drivers who are impaired by alcohol consumption.

Additionally, drivers impaired by drug use is a growing problem. Drug use – especially if it is mixed drug use and/or also involves consumption of alcohol – can cause a high degree of driver impairment.

On this site, Will County vehicle crashes that involve DUI and “drugged driving” are discussed in posts found under the “DUI” category.  As seen in these accidents, many serious injuries – as well as fatal injuries – have resulted due to impaired drivers. The types of accidents that result due to impaired driving is broad, and common accidents that occur due to impairment include loss of control accidents and accidents in which the vehicle leaves the roadway. Also, “head-on collisions” also result.

Two recent alleged drunk driving accidents recently occurred on I-355 and I-55. One driver was involved in both of these accidents.

An excerpt from the January 25, 2019 Darien Patch article titled “2 Troopers Hurt By DUI Drivers: State Police“:

Two Illinois State Police troopers were injured by a drunk driver on Thursday evening, state police said. Desmond Glee, 47, of Romeoville, has been charged with aggravated DUI after crashing into two state police squad cars, which resulted in injuries to two troopers.

As seen in the article, the crashes occurred on January 24.

Both the two injured Illinois State Police officers as well as Glee were taken to hospitals for treatment of their accident injuries. Those injuries were considered to be non-life-threatening in nature.

Additional details regarding these Will County drunk driving accidents can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

Adverse Driving Conditions Forecast For Will County

An oncoming winter storm is expected to create adverse driving conditions throughout the Chicago metropolitan area. Wind, snow, ice, and dropping temperatures are forecast.

Given these anticipated adverse driving conditions, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) issued a January 18, 2019 media release titled “Snow, plummeting temps, strong winds, bring challenging travel conditions this weekend.” (pdf)

Notable excerpts include:

The Illinois Department of Transportation is warning the public that a winter storm arriving this evening will make travel a challenge throughout much of Illinois, with some areas possibly receiving up to 8 inches of snow. Motorists should be prepared for high winds and colder temperatures persisting through the weekend, causing drifting and icing even on treated surfaces.


The National Weather Service is forecasting snow to begin this evening across northern and central Illinois, with totals ranging between 2 and 8 inches by Saturday evening. The southern part of the state is expected to see a mix of precipitation with the potential for icing. Gusty winds and low temperatures the remainder of the weekend will create blowing and drifting, reducing visibility to whiteout conditions at times and limiting the effectiveness of salt.

Motorists should expect slick conditions and remain extra cautious at all times.

The media release also offers travel tips for those who must travel. Among the more notable safety tips for adverse driving conditions include:

  • Use extra caution in areas susceptible to ice, including ramps, bridges, curves and shady areas.
  • Always wear a seat belt. It’s the law and your best protection in the event of a crash.
  • If you are involved in a crash, remain inside your vehicle. Exiting your vehicle near a busy roadway can have fatal consequences.

On this site, the benefits of wearing a seat belt – and the risks and potential consequences of not wearing a seat belt – are further discussed on the “Seat Belts As An Accident Injury Preventative Measure” page.

Additional details regarding these anticipated adverse driving conditions for Will County and the surrounding areas can be seen in the sources mentioned above.