Southbound Tri-State closed after fatal semi crash

There are 20 comments on the Aug 27, 2008, Chicago Tribune story titled Southbound Tri-State closed after fatal semi crash. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

A truck driver was killed about 3 p.m. Wednesday afternoon when his semi rear-ended another semi in a southbound lane of Interstate 294 at 82nd Street in Justice, snarling traffic in both directions.

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Aristotle

Chicago, IL

#1 Aug 27, 2008
that sucks
Ernie Banks

Springfield, WI

#2 Aug 27, 2008
Illinois 294 - You drive it at your own risk!
slowpoke

Chicago, IL

#3 Aug 27, 2008
people drive too darn fast and don't pay attention to the roads. what a waste.
Zach

Lawrence, KS

#4 Aug 27, 2008
Sad news, my thoughts are with the family. Drive safe folks and enjoy your commute home!
Elaine

Mount Prospect, IL

#5 Aug 27, 2008
The truck drivers drive too fast and if they want to change lanes will push you off the road. I myself, had one truck drive in my trunk and it scared me - what if someone further up had to make a sudden stop - I wouldn't be here to talk about it.
MMurray

Houston, TX

#7 Aug 27, 2008
This accident occured in the Village of Justice. Not Bedford Park
sigh

Chicago, IL

#8 Aug 27, 2008
294 south is my commute. Let's just say today was absolute hell.

Instead of posting messages about "give 'em a brake, kids are back in school", how about we use the message boards for practical purposes such as to post reasonable alternate routes when a fiasco like this happens.
ccac

Warrenville, IL

#9 Aug 27, 2008
I have been passed ny some of these truckers at 70 plus miles a hour in the right lane when the suppose to be in the left. It is 45mph thru there these drivers ned to get there licences pulled
cris

Orland Park, IL

#10 Aug 27, 2008
Elaine said - "The truck drivers drive too fast and if they want to change lanes will push you off the road."
As a commuter i see this daily but its seems that people see a truck turn signal go on then the car speeds up so they dont get stuck behind the truck. Then the truck has to force his way into a lane. We need to give these truckers a break. They have a lot on their plate driving these things.
This accident is sad. Everyone needs to pay attention on the road. Prayers to those affected.
Do Not Like 294

AOL

#11 Aug 27, 2008
I live in Hickory Hills. I live at the far south end of town. At about three this afternoon, I heard my fire department (batallion chief, ambulance, and fire truck) go by. I heard a helicopter for over an hour too. A lucky thing the fire station was nearby. My department of North Palos always helps out. That's because they are a fire protection district. That's why they have that sweet, extra service of helping out other departments. I am proud of their work.
Back to the subject, I was watching CLTV prior to this accident and there was a truck accident on the same, southbound lanes at 95th. This was about 2:30. Did anyone hear about that?
I will tell you that 294 usually moves well except for rush hours. Today was probably one of the worst days ever for the Tri State. There have accidents usually at 82nd, 95th, and Cicero/127th.
I do not like 294 at all. When traffic moves, it moves very fast. Everyone does at least TEN miles above the limit of 45 mph. There are a LOT of trucks, usually in caravans of three to twelve. I know this from my rides up LaGrange Road to and from Sam's Club. Also,there are a lot of signs along the tollway.
Mark

Villa Park, IL

#12 Aug 27, 2008
sigh wrote:
294 south is my commute. Let's just say today was absolute hell.
Instead of posting messages about "give 'em a brake, kids are back in school", how about we use the message boards for practical purposes such as to post reasonable alternate routes when a fiasco like this happens.
There are NO alternate routes that are practical. Every other road was backed up because of this accident. I-55, route 83, I-355....ALL were affected! I feel terrible for the truck driver, but I wonder why this happened? Our state does not do enough to ensure that truck drivers keep adequate logs, and have appropriate medical exams. Some drivers have serious health problems, and others just don't sleep enough and then fall asleep behind the wheel of a fully loaded semi. Just 3 weeks ago, I was almost side-swiped by a semi on 294. I was in the center lane, and he in the right. When traffic wasn't moving fast enough for him, he decided he wanted in my lane. This semi literally came within inches of the front end of my car. It is enough for you to question whether or not driving is worth losing your life. Obviously, there are drivers of cars who are just as dangerous, but a semi does much more damage.
Da Grump

Bloomington, IN

#13 Aug 27, 2008
If you think ONLY truckers are the cause of accidents, take a ride in my cab for just half a day. You'll change your tune.

It's not just truckers, cagers or motorcycles creating the problem, it's a combination of all three.

When you take a self-rightious pompus attitude towards driving, your setting yourself up for an accident or worse.

Swallow your pride, admit when you screwed up and learn from it.

Eventually you will drive well over a million accident free miles like I have.
john p north side

United States

#14 Aug 27, 2008
I take 294 South every day. Yes, everyone speeds, but that's not what happened here. Obviously, the driver of the second truck fell asleep at the wheel after a long run. All was fine until traffic in front of her slowed or stopped, at which point she back-ended the truck in front of her and died in the flaming wreckage.
Tragic, but it could have been worse.

My wife's uncle, aunt & their son & his wife were on their way to celebrate my wife's parents 50th anniversary, and were stopped at a tollbooth on 294 South when they were rammed from behind by a trucker asleep at the wheel. This time it was their car which exploded into flames, killing all 4 of them. It turned what was to be a joyous event into a tragedy: both my wife's parents were devastated (her father's brother), but since dozens of family and friends had come from out of town, they held the party anyway. I was there, and the atmosphere was funereal, with crying replacing celebration.

GET TOUGH ON ENFORCING WORK LIMIT LAWS FOR LONG HAUL TRUCKERS!!! THERE IS NO ENFORCEMENT NOW, AND PEOPLE ARE BEING SLAUGHTERED EVERY DAY!
Meano Cougar

United States

#15 Aug 27, 2008
sad story!
Do Not Like 294

AOL

#16 Aug 27, 2008
Off topic but I want to share it with you. I used to go to Dolton every Thursday night for parties. In March of this year, they moved to Hammond. By the way, these were good people. I know a lot people are thinking otherwise. That's because I mentioned Dolton.
Anyway, the ride there wasn't bad. I usually leave after 5 but it backs up into the 163rd Toll. I get on at 95th. The stretch south of 127th is lighter by comparison. However, it's same amount of trucks as north of it.
The return trip is after 10 PM. There are still a lot of people at that time on 294. However, traffic is flying again at that time. Usually, I we took the center lane because we had to go to 159th. It would be a while before using the right lane. A few times, my driver would yell, swear, and scream at slower drivers in the center lane we used.
We were nearly moved by caravans of trucks. This usually happened anywhere along the 12 mile stretch I'm talking about. Since my friends moved away, I don't have to ride 294 anymore.
Jon

Monticello, IN

#17 Aug 27, 2008
Meano Cougar wrote:
sad story!
I am a truck driver and me and two of my co-workers came upon that accident today and tried to help get the lady out. I didn't see anybody driving a regular 4 wheeled vehicle try to stop to help. Some of them were taking pictures with their cell phones. My co-worker couldn't get the lady out and had to watch and listen to her scream as she burnt to death. So hell yes it is a sad story. I think that everybody could learn from this and have a little more respect for the next driver. I try to do my part everyday for my family and yours. SPEED SAFELY
sowhat

Indianapolis, IN

#18 Aug 27, 2008
"A man died on the Tri-State Tollway Wednesday afternoon after the semi truck he was driving swerved into an adjoining southbound lane and struck the back of another semi trailer stopped in traffic, rupturing the fuel tank, which then caught fire and trapped the driver in his cab, Illinois State Police said"

I know all sorts of people are injured by SUVs run amok, but this guy was the driver and he died "after the semi truck he was driving swerved into an adjoining southbound lane and struck the back of another semi trailer stopped in traffic, rupturing the fuel tank, which then caught fire and trapped the driver in his cab..."

Makes it sound that the decedent was just a bystander killed by his truck.
stevo137

Redford, MI

#19 Aug 27, 2008
Jon wrote:
<quoted text> I am a truck driver and me and two of my co-workers came upon that accident today and tried to help get the lady out. I didn't see anybody driving a regular 4 wheeled vehicle try to stop to help. Some of them were taking pictures with their cell phones. My co-worker couldn't get the lady out and had to watch and listen to her scream as she burnt to death. So hell yes it is a sad story. I think that everybody could learn from this and have a little more respect for the next driver. I try to do my part everyday for my family and yours. SPEED SAFELY
This brings back memories of when I was a young man and in a fatal crash, the truckers were there to help us.
I truly believe that we all make mistakes and we all drive too fast or careless at times.
There is no respect for each other lately it seams.
Yes, I see trucks driving too fast and aggressive and I was hit from behind by one this year and he lied trying to say that it was me that hit him.
Either way, I see very foolish drivers on all sides, cars, bikes, trucks.
Perhaps they have not experienced the crunching of the metal and watching a loved one die as I have.
I drove through that debris field today just after they opened 294 up again and I will tell you this, NO ONE was speeding or driving carelessly after seeing that scene...
Slow down my friends,we're all in this together, if you are tired, pull over and rest, if you are late, speeding will save you nothing, it's not worth it.......
Regards,
stevo
Amy

Lake Zurich, IL

#20 Aug 27, 2008
sowhat wrote:
"A man died on the Tri-State Tollway Wednesday afternoon after the semi truck he was driving swerved into an adjoining southbound lane and struck the back of another semi trailer stopped in traffic, rupturing the fuel tank, which then caught fire and trapped the driver in his cab, Illinois State Police said"
I know all sorts of people are injured by SUVs run amok, but this guy was the driver and he died "after the semi truck he was driving swerved into an adjoining southbound lane and struck the back of another semi trailer stopped in traffic, rupturing the fuel tank, which then caught fire and trapped the driver in his cab..."
Makes it sound that the decedent was just a bystander killed by his truck.
Maybe they are holding off on the blame game until they finish an investigation. Many things could have caused that accident, including some outside of the driver's control. He very well may have been the victim of his brakes failing, etc. Also, many people have accidents because they have a seizure, heart attack, stroke, etc. I know 3 people who have caused accidents due to unexpected health related incidents. 1 died because of the accident (drowned), 2 died of heartattacks in accidents that would not have been fatal however they did strike other cars. The two people with heart trouble had clean bills of health and had no reason to anticipate an issue. The first did have an illness, however neither he or his doctor thought it would affect his driving. Fortunately no other drivers were seriously injured, but they could have been. This could happen to any one of us at any moment! Or maybe the driver was at fault, however it wouldn't change the tragedy. I would bet that many of the people on this board have had a close call that was their fault, but by fate, luck, God, or whatever reason you attribute it to they avoided an accident. How many people can claim they have never said "whew" and sighed of relief after imagining what could have happened if things happened slightly differently and their near miss had not been quite a miss? This poor driver was not as lucky. One day our luck may run out as well. Please everyone have some compassion.
Playrboy

Matteson, IL

#21 Aug 27, 2008
Those stupid truckers need to slow down. They drive too fast and reckless like they are driving a sports car. Thank goodness this speeding fool only killed her/himself this time. That could have been you and your family she/he rear ended. They should be stopped randomly and checked for drugs & alcohol & no doze pills!!!

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