I-74 wreck kills Illinois man

I-74 wreck kills Illinois man

There are 26 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from May 29, 2007, titled I-74 wreck kills Illinois man. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

An Illinois man was killed in a two-vehicle crash on I-74 near Brownsburg. Capt. Jeff Gray of the Brownsburg Police Department identified the victim as Carl Swanson, 77, of Moline, Ill.

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Teresa

Elmhurst, IL

#1 May 29, 2007
Did the semi drive get caught? They do this all the time. I am on the interstate 7 days a week and at least once a trip I see a semi swerve out of the right lane into the left. I have been lucky.....so far and not been hit or have to run into the median.
Large Marge

Algonquin, IL

#2 May 29, 2007
Teresa wrote:
Did the semi drive get caught? They do this all the time. I am on the interstate 7 days a week and at least once a trip I see a semi swerve out of the right lane into the left. I have been lucky.....so far and not been hit or have to run into the median.
Of course he didn't get caught- he gunned it out of there. But I-74 was turned into a parking lot because of this idiot. There were a lot of frustrated drivers stuck there and I noticed some people had left their vehicles and were walking around ON the interstate. A lot of these stranded drivers were returning home from the race.

Since: Feb 07

Pleasanton, CA

#3 May 29, 2007
Teresa wrote:
Did the semi drive get caught? They do this all the time. I am on the interstate 7 days a week and at least once a trip I see a semi swerve out of the right lane into the left. I have been lucky.....so far and not been hit or have to run into the median.
I hear ya...it happens to me all of the time-I speed just to get past them (I know...that isn't safe either)b/c it is rare if one checks to see if a car is to their left. So sad...
color blind

Indianapolis, IN

#4 May 29, 2007
If the speed limits were the same for cars and trucks , a lot of these accidents wouldn t happen;
vlp

Indianapolis, IN

#6 May 29, 2007
Semi- trucks are the reason for all of the trouble on interstates. They are always in the way. All they do is slow down traffic.. or pull in front of you cause they can. Seriously, i get all stressed out everytime IM on a trip..for no other reason than stupid loser truck drivers..who think they own the road, because they live on it all the time.
Wow

United States

#7 May 29, 2007
color blind wrote:
If the speed limits were the same for cars and trucks , a lot of these accidents wouldn t happen;
If truckers would respect vehicles traveling in the left lane and not make a sport of pulling out in front them, a lot of deaths wouldn't happen.
IndyStar Reader

Noblesville, IN

#8 May 29, 2007
color blind wrote:
If the speed limits were the same for cars and trucks , a lot of these accidents wouldn t happen;
Great, so have a driver who doesn't give a crap about his blind spot more speed and momentum.

That argument makes no logical sense - the truck driver went into the passing lane, how does making them go more slowly affect him passing...if anything they would be traveling FASTER and therefore MORE LIKELY to make a lane change.
Julie

Indianapolis, IN

#9 May 29, 2007
The trucker could of had his turn signal on for all we know and the driver did not see it. Many truckers hate it when they have their signal on and we don't let them over. They are working just like we are going to work, they just chose trucking for a job. I have normal people just like all of us, cut in front of me and make me slam my brakes on because they were slow and had to pull in front of me instead of waiting for me to pass.

Good part about the interstate being closed was that all those drivers stuck were able to sober up because they were probably driving drunk. I don't get why people drink so much at races. I understand a beer or two but not more than that. Your there to watch a race not party.
big will

Brownsburg, IN

#10 May 29, 2007
anyone ever stop to think that you have only heard one side of this story truck drivers have the same right to the road as anyone else maybe just maybe this preson doesn't know how to pass correctly or control a vehicle????????
color blind

Indianapolis, IN

#11 May 29, 2007
IndyStar Reader wrote:
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Great, so have a driver who doesn't give a crap about his blind spot more speed and momentum.
That argument makes no logical sense - the truck driver went into the passing lane, how does making them go more slowly affect him passing...if anything they would be traveling FASTER and therefore MORE LIKELY to make a lane change.
Trucks do make mistake,but in far less numbers than cars who stay in their blind spots or run up on trucks before getting in the passing lane.

Before Rail became so unreliable slow and damaging to cargo ,,trucks didn t make economic sense.
If the government wants to force commerce to use an inefficient means to transport then the Interstates should be minimum 3 lanes every where with NO trucks in the far left lane..They already have the right of way.
confuzzled

Indianapolis, IN

#12 May 29, 2007
Teresa wrote:
Did the semi drive get caught? They do this all the time. I am on the interstate 7 days a week and at least once a trip I see a semi swerve out of the right lane into the left. I have been lucky.....so far and not been hit or have to run into the median.
yeah me too. and im sure he didnt get caught. im sure he doesnt even care that he caused someone to die. they do this $@it all the time...
i know there are good ones out there, and praise to all of you, but the careless drivers far outweigh the careful ones.

hopefully the jacka$$ turns himself in. i know i would! i wouldnt be able to live with myself knowing i had caused someone else to lose their life.
color blind

Indianapolis, IN

#13 May 29, 2007
confuzzled wrote:
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yeah me too. and im sure he didnt get caught. im sure he doesnt even care that he caused someone to die. they do this $@it all the time...
i know there are good ones out there, and praise to all of you, but the careless drivers far outweigh the careful ones.
hopefully the jacka$$ turns himself in. i know i would! i wouldnt be able to live with myself knowing i had caused someone else to lose their life.
NOT TRUE

I owned a fleet of 85 vehicles for over 25 years and got maybe 2 calls a year complaining of our drivers behaving badly. We got 15 to twenty call a year either complementing or thanking our drivers for some help given either in person or over radio.

All trucks have license plates and DOT numbers that must be displayed. If you have a complaint go to the DOT website , look up the company HQ and let them know.
Its easy to complain and do nothing but this is the way to get Bad Truckers off the road.
Believe me companies would rather park the rig than deal with accidents.
Lisa - Plainfield

Indianapolis, IN

#14 May 29, 2007
I actually had a trucker hang out his driver side window and wave to me, while someone else was steering. Here's the deal, if you are stuck in traffic, leave yourself an outlet. Check your mirrors all the time for those truck drivers not willing to stop. Better to be down in a ditch as ran over.
The OS

Bloomington, IN

#16 May 29, 2007
I've seen the good, the bad, and the ugly of truckers, and yeah, there are some really friendly truckers out there, but as is true with most of the news, the bad ones outshadow the good ones. My grandfather was in a wreck involving a trucker when I was a child and a passenger in Minnesota, and that guy fled the scene. I have also been cut off by truckers, but I also flash them when they put their signal on to let them know it's safe to move over. They're 10 times larger and heavier than my vehicle. Even though I speed past them after they move back over, I will let them move over so I can stay alive another day.
jek

Rushville, IN

#17 May 29, 2007
to color blind---virtually ALL trucking companies don't have the balls to put a phone number on the truck cause they know they hire idiots who should be tested for their CDL at LEAST twice per year.I'm sick of truckers who know you're in the left lane and just move over turn signal or not.My son is a cop & i've been with him & saw them do this while he's running light & sirens to another accident on the interstate.About 20% of truckers are safe & courteous--the rest of them need to be stopped at every weigh station and given a written test before they're allowed to continue driving!!!

Since: Mar 07

United States

#18 May 29, 2007
What? No one is blaming the SUV this time? Amazing!
Linda Angel

Indianapolis, IN

#19 May 29, 2007
Wonder if the semi driver was in a new blue Kenworth...One passed me this morning going west bound on 74 and he had to be going 80MPH+! What a jerk.

By the way..he was going so fast I hardly had time to read "Kenworth" on his door let alone get a DOT or plate number!
Michele

AOL

#20 May 29, 2007
Have you ever been in a truck?I've been driving a car since 1984 and have been a passenger in both.Let me tell you something,in virtually all 48 states people in cars are stupid.They cut trucks off then go slow right in front of a loaded truck that needs a lot of distance to slow down.duh. They ride the trucks ass with their brights on.They take forever to pass.They think the world revolves around them.I do not do that to truckers so don't blame them for car drivers("four wheelers") stupidity.Get in a semi with someone for a week and see for yourself.
bjrazz

Milwaukee, WI

#21 May 29, 2007
big will wrote:
anyone ever stop to think that you have only heard one side of this story truck drivers have the same right to the road as anyone else maybe just maybe this preson doesn't know how to pass correctly or control a vehicle????????
I don't dispute that truck drivers have the same rights to drive on roads. However, unless someone changed driving rules, a driver in the left lane always has the right of way. Once in the left lane, it is the responsibility of the driver in the right lane to be aware and yield the right of way.
J STARCEVICH

Lenoir City, TN

#22 May 29, 2007
THE MAN WHO WAS KILLED IN THIS ACCIDENT WAS MY 3 CHILDREN'S GRANDFATHER.. THE ONLY GRANDFATHER THEY EVER KNEW.THIS IS A VERY SAD DAY. WE CANNOT POINT FINGERS AT ANYONE. IT WAS IN SOMEONE ELSE'S HANDS. PLEASE, DO NOT ACCUSE. JUST PRAY FOR PEACE, AND FOR THOSE WHO HE LEFT BEHIND. THANK YOU.

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