A unique Illinois truck crash involving a run-in which a car and a tractor-trailer injured a man and kept him stuck in a car for nearly an hour. According to reports by witnesses in the Utica Observer-Dispatch, the car was headed west on Commercial Drive in Whitestown, Illinois shortly after 2:30pm last week when it ran into the side of a large tractor-trailer that had just left a nearby frozen food plant.
Following the collision the hood of the car was driven through the vehicle’s windshield. The spare tire on the undercarriage of the truck was taken into the windshield by the car as well. The tire may have saved the man’s life, as his vehicle became wedged underneath the truck, with the tire separating his body from the metal rack that once held it.
Witnesses rushed to the accident following the crash to find the man stuck in the vehicle and in pain. Emergency workers were called, and it ultimately took them more than an hour to pry the victim from the car. Apparently the car was so strongly wedged underneath the truck that it nearly went all the way through to the other side. The extrication effort involved lifting the truck to pull the car out and then using specialized equipment to remove the doors of the car.
After further investigation of the event, authorities issued tickets to both the car driver and truck driver. The truck driver was cited for failure to yield right of way on a left turn-he had apparently turned in front of the car. Conversely, the car driver was cited for his failure to wear a safety belt and an unsafe lane change.
Our Chicago truck crash lawyers at Levin & Perconti know that the victim in this case is fortunate that he will likely to survive the incident. Even truck crashes that strike on local roadways instead of highways have the potential to cause immense damage. The risks make it imperative that local truck drivers properly account for approaching cars when making turns on local roadways. Even slight miscalculations can lead to accidents like this one.
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