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I-80 Semi Crash Leaves Two Hurt

Eastbound traffic was stopped for nearly an hour after the westbound truck crossed the median and collided with a passenger vehicle, police said.

Two people were injured after a semi truck driver lost control of his rig on westbound Interstate 80 and crossed into an eastbound lane of traffic, an Illinois State Police District 5 official said.

The accident occurred at about 10:40 a.m. Monday on the stretch of I-80 between U.S. 30 in New Lenox and Briggs Street in , Master Sgt. Martez Malone said.

The truck collided with a passenger car in which an adult and an infant were traveling, Malone said. Both were transported to Silver Cross Medical Center in New Lenox with non-life-threatening injuries, Malone said.

The names, ages and addresses of the victims and the truck driver were not available as of 1:50 p.m. Monday.

Malone said police are investigating what may have caused the truck driver to lose control, and he said he could not confirm a witness' account to New Lenox Patch that it appeared that one of the semi's tires may have blown out.

The accident caused the eastbound lanes of I-80 to be closed for at least an hour. One lane was reopened at about 12:15 p.m. and both were open as about 1:45 p.m.

Jacki McHale June 04, 2012 at 08:25 PM
THIS is why we need the barrier walls down ALL highway roads. Not this cheesey little wire fences or where there is NO fencing at all!
Klgarr June 05, 2012 at 04:04 AM
I drove past that I thought for sure someone lost their life! My son was very sad to see it too.
Flora Dora June 08, 2012 at 11:44 AM
Jacki is right - we need better barriers.
Matt June 14, 2012 at 08:56 PM
My aunt and cousin were in that car, please pray!
Dense much? July 13, 2012 at 12:45 PM
I drive that stretch of road everyday to and from work...The State Police needs to be more forceful in ticketing the semi-tractor and bus drivers that feel that the speed limit doesn't apply to them. I get passed by vehicles over 4-ton constantly and their speed limit is 55 on I-80 in Illinois.

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