A horrific five-vehicle collision resulted in a deadly inferno and pile-up on Monday, July 25, the Illinois State Police reported. The accident that claimed the life of one driver happened near Cicero Avenue on the Stevenson Expressway.
Preliminary police findings indicate that the chain reaction began shortly before 11 a.m. with a semi truck hauling 40k lbs. of meat. The trucker stuck a passenger vehicle, causing the driver to lose control and hit a minivan.
The driver of the minivan then slid under another big rig's trailer. That semi was hauling a flammable load of paint, and it careened into another car. All told, after the impact, four of the involved vehicles were engulfed in flames.
It took the Chicago Fire Department approximately an hour to put out the two-alarm fire, which left the site designated as Level 1 hazmat because of the paint that was burning.
The Cook County Medical Examiner was on the scene and reported that the minivan driver did not survive. The van and the remains were unrecognizable from the fire damage, and as of the following morning, the deceased had not yet been identified, the ISP announced.
The fatal collision and subsequent fire stopped traffic in all directions for about three hours. Around 2 p.m., two northbound lanes of I-55 were reopened. The Indiana Department of Transportation reported that the northbound lanes at Cicero Ave. reopened to traffic just after 4 p.m., while southbound lanes stayed closed until Tuesday morning, according to IDOT.
Semi truck underride collisions are some of the deadliest on the highway, causing gruesome fatalities. Even when a driver or passenger survives, they frequently are maimed for life.
If you are injured in a collision with a big rig, you can seek compensation for your injuries and other damages by filing a civil suit.
Source: Chicagoist, "5 Vehicles, One Fatality In Monday's Stevenson Expressway Crash," Stephen Gossett, July 26, 2016