Police in Joliet report that two semitrucks crashed on Interstate 80 at Houbolt Road. Illinois state police say that a truck-tractor that was hauling a trailer on the ramp from Houbolt Road west onto Interstate 80 was hit by another semitruck that was traveling west on Interstate 80. One of the people inside one of the trucks died. Two other people involved in the semitruck accident were treated and then released. The left and right lanes on westbound Interstate 80 at Houbolt Road had to remain closed until the following morning for investigation and cleanup purposes. The westbound traffic was detoured to Larkin Avenue.
When one hears the term "black box," thoughts of planes and crash investigations usually first arise. The small but near-indestructible boxes have aided investigators for decades in the work of reconstructing events both in and out of the cockpit that attributed to aviation accidents.
If you have ever embarked on a long-distance road trip, you know that it is sometimes necessary to pull over and take an occasional break to stretch your legs, eat a warm meal, or even catch up on sleep after a long day of driving.
Illinois State Police responded to reports of a stopped vehicle on southbound Interstate 55 on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 and arrived at the scene to find an auto accident had happened. After investigating, police discovered that a Hyundai had stopped in the right lane of the interstate without its lights on and a semi tractor trailer travelling in the right lane had collided with the rear end of the car.