Man Dies After I-55 Crash in Plainfield

Police said driver lost control, struck median wall south of Route 126.

A man involved in an early-morning crash on Interstate 55 south of Route 126 in Plainfield died of his injuries Wednesday, state police said.

Trooper DeAnn Falat said the man was driving a 2006 Mazda on southbound I-55 near milepost 260 when he lost control for unknown reasons and struck a center median wall. The Mazda became disabled in the left lane with no lights activated, police said.

When a Good Samaritan driving a 2002 Pontiac pulled over in front of the Mazda to check on the crash victim, a semi-trailer that was also traveling in the left lane struck both vehicles, police said.

The driver of the Mazda was airlifted to Advocate Good Samaritan Hospitalin Downers Grove, where he died of his injuries, police said.

State police did not immediately release the man's name.

Sgt. R. Caves said no one else was injured in the accident. An Illinois State Police investigation is still pending, police said.


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Scott Weimer March 14, 2013 at 03:43 PM
Since when I was told Illinois laws only let's trucks use left lane to pass not drive in ...
Olddeegee March 14, 2013 at 03:48 PM
It's just past the exit onto 126. Trucks are allowed to move away from merging and exiting traffic. That's if I'm understanding your comment. Your punctuation's all over the place.
Pam O March 15, 2013 at 01:37 AM
http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs4.asp?ActID=1815&ChapterID=49&SeqStart=112600000&SeqEnd=113900000 (625 ILCS 5/Ch. 11 Art. VII heading) ARTICLE VII. DRIVING ON RIGHT SIDE OF ROADWAY; OVERTAKING AND PASSING, ETC., (a),(1), (d) states; Upon an Interstate highway or fully access controlled freeway, a vehicle may not be driven in the left lane, except when overtaking and passing another vehicle. (e) Subsection (d) of this Section does not apply: (1) when no other vehicle is directly behind the vehicle in the left lane; (2) when traffic conditions and congestion make it impractical to drive in the right lane; (3) when snow and other inclement weather conditions make it necessary to drive in the left lane; (4) when obstructions or hazards exist in the right lane; (5) when a vehicle changes lanes to comply with Sections 11-907 and 11-908 of this Code; (6) when, because of highway design, a vehicle must be driven in the left lane when preparing to exit; (7) on toll highways when necessary to use I-Pass, and on toll and other highways when driving in the left lane is required to comply with an official traffic control device; or (8) to law enforcement vehicles, ambulances, and other emergency vehicles engaged in official duties and vehicles engaged in highway maintenance and construction operations.
Fester Bestertester March 16, 2013 at 02:09 PM
Truck drivers are jackasses in general. They ride the left lane and speed down I-55 constantly. If THEIR speed limit is 55mph (and cars 65mph), and the semi's are going 70-80mph (the norm) why aren't they ticketed more often? Also, their habit of "conducting traffic"- pulling into a lane as a lane closes for construction, etc., is DANGEROUS AS HELL. What gives them the right to direct traffic?
r.young March 18, 2013 at 05:44 AM
thanks Pam for the clarification.


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