Chicago Breaking News reported yesterday afternoon on a single truck accident that struck on one of Chicago’s most highly used traffic arteries.
Both directions of the Bishop Ford Expressway were shut down for about two hours in the south suburbs because of a large semi truck that flipped over while trying to exit the freeway yesterday afternoon. Around 12:30 p.m. the truck was attempting to get off the roadway and enter 159th Street in South Holland. However, for reasons that are still being investigated, the large truck flipped over nearly 180 degrees.
The driver of the truck was pinned inside the cab and was only freed after extended extrication efforts by emergency personnel. He was flown to a nearby hospital where his condition has stabilized. Another passenger was also in the cab, but he was unhurt in the truck crash.
This truck accident is rare in that it involved no other vehicles and no life-threatening injuries. However, as our Chicago truck crash attorneys at Levin & Perconti are well aware, these crashes are often some of the most destructive roadway tragedies of all. We hope to continue making all local travelers aware of the multitude of risks that exists on our roadways at all times.
As occurred in this case, the steep inclines, narrowed road, sharp turns, and high drops off that characterize freeway on-off ramps pose particular high risks for large vehicles like tractor-trailers. It is especially important for all drivers to be cognizant of that risk, ensuring that they do not follow too closely to trucks that are entering or exiting the highway. It only takes a moment of confusion or distraction for one of these rigs to tip over or cause a multi-car crash.