A woman was killed last week after a run-in with a tractor-trailer sent her SUV over the highway bridge on which she’d been traveling. Shortly before 10pm last Monday, the victim was driving an SUV on U.S. 30. A large semi was driving in front of her, and the woman attempted to pass the truck.
Witness claim that the SUV entered the southbound lane to pass the truck but the woman clipped the front of the semi as she was attempting to get back into the northbound lane in front of the semi. However, it is unclear whether the impact occurred in the middle of the merger or if the truck hit the back of the SUV after it had already merged.
The driver of the SUV lost control as a result of the crash and the car ultimately flipped over the guard rail into the Black Fork of Mohican River below. The female driver was killed. The driver of the semi truck sustained minor injuries, and none of the cattle he was hauling died in the truck crash.
Initially emergency crews were not sure if the SUV had any passengers. However divers had not found any other victims after combing the river area near the crash.
As this accident makes clear, any crash involving a large semi often includes the most devastating injuries. Our Chicago truck crash attorneys at Levin & Perconti repeatedly warn all drivers to maintain care when traveling around these machines. It is particularly important to be very careful when passing a semi while on the highway. Of course those traffic maneuvers occur frequently because trucks typically have a lower speed limit than other vehicles. However, the risk of crashing increases at those moments, so increased care is warranted.