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.”
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.