Man Injured in Pickup Truck vs. Semi Crash in Plainfield

Officials warn of icy, "rapidly deteriorating conditions" on the roads.

A truck nearly wound up in a retention pond Friday morning near Route 59 and 135th Street in Plainfield. Credit: Theresa Marek
A truck nearly wound up in a retention pond Friday morning near Route 59 and 135th Street in Plainfield. Credit: Theresa Marek
The driver of a pickup truck had to be extricated from the vehicle following a crash with a semi-truck this morning on Route 126 near Ash Street in Plainfield.

Plainfield Deputy Fire Chief Jon Stratton said the crash occurred on the icy roadway around 6 a.m.

"The pickup truck slid and got hit on the passenger side," Stratton said, adding that the pickup had heavy damage. The driver of the pickup was in fair condition on the scene, Stratton said, but was initially headed to Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital before being diverted to the trauma center at Advocate Good Samaritan in Downers Grove.

"[There was] so much damage to the vehicle," Stratton said. The driver of the semi-truck refused treatment at the scene, he said.

'Black ice everywhere' 

The truck vs. semi accident wasn't the only emergency on Plainfield roads Friday morning.

"There's black ice everywhere," Stratton said. "We've got cars in ditches everywhere." Stratton said as temperatures drop from Thursday's relatively warm weather, "conditions are deteriorating rapidly."

Stratton said Plainfield crews were responding to vehicles in ditches on Route 126, Route 59 and 135th Street. In one instance, a car nearly wound up in a pond near the Jewel-Osco at Route 59 and 135th Street. 

"The front wheels were touching the water," Stratton said, adding the driver was not hurt.

He urged drivers to take it slow and anticipate traffic backups.

"Those conditions are horrible out there," Stratton said.
Treehorn Jandi February 21, 2014 at 10:19 AM
59 was completely iced over from 30 to 119th this morning, IDOT needs to get on that!
Frank J Thierer February 21, 2014 at 10:20 AM
Hey Hector, I didn't say anything about 126. You don't care about everyone else who drive in this town on all of the other streets? Are you one of those low information voters?? There aren't any others streets that are ice covered here? WOW, you don't drive much do you.
Ron Jidzny February 21, 2014 at 10:29 AM
The plowing on 'Plainfield' streets this year was terrible. The side streets were being salted when they didn't need to be in 2013. We had a horrible winter especially in 2014 and the side streets get nothing when there were a series of snowfalls. I saw fire hydrants covered by the plow trucks and the intersection mounds were awful to a point you couldn't see cross traffic. Yet, I'm sure our local elected officials will do nothing but be a bunch of cheerleaders for our public works department this winter. Did they work alot of hours? Yes. Did they do a good job plowing and using the salt supply appropriately? No.
Hector February 21, 2014 at 11:21 AM
Well Frankie, since the accident happened on a state road, perhaps you should have saved your diatribe against Plainfield for the next accident that actually happened on a street Plainfield maintains. Low information voter? Not really, I'm not a tea-head.
Ericus Alanas February 21, 2014 at 11:23 AM
And here I thought Plainfield was against salting roads. I dont think Ive seen anything besides downtown salted...
kardon February 21, 2014 at 11:48 AM
Slow down and you wont have to worry so much on your salt dependencies.
Grandpamike February 21, 2014 at 12:12 PM
@Frank Buying more = costs more = higher taxes. Are you for that ? Better planning, how do you do that without knowing weather patterns a year in advance ? As far as driving, well, if you drive cautiously and slower in inclement weather, you will do better. Most accidents are caused by drivers not using common sense. Under the wintry conditions we have experienced this year, the Village has done a commendable job in clearing and salting most of the major and side streets, although not everyone is happy that their particular street was not done fast enough.
Vicky Polito February 21, 2014 at 12:37 PM
I think the road clearing and salting has been done well by Plainfield Public Works and kardon's comment about people doing their part, being responsible on their side of the equation of winter driving is valid. Yes, even being careful there probably would be some accidents, but don't tell me that it isn't in many cases driver mistake and that many push their luck with road conditions. My husband and I were both on the roads unavoidably this morning and had many more reasons to mutter "people are IDIOTS!" than we had reason to mutter "boy, PW didn't do it's job!". Also, my understanding is that it has nothing to do with paying for overtime that we're short on salt/not salted enough, and it's not even that we didn't buy enough salt, but that all salt orders--for many towns--were being held up by barges carrying the salt being ice-bound and unable to dock and deliver, etc. You can't win with people: some citizens will say that they aren't getting what they deserve because the village isn't spending enough money and others will scream like their hair is on fire if they find out the village is spending money in any "advance" or precautionary way a given person doesn't think is sensible. This week's episode of extreme weather meant that yesterday all that melting snow and heavy rain washed all the applied salt away, and would have washed away newly applied salt during some of the night, too, as run off continued for quite a while. We could all see at beddy-bye time last night that the potential for terrible roads was on the way with temps that dropped so dramatically. Traffic reports also made it clear that the roads were bad. When that happens, it isn't always automatically because the municipalities didn't do enough. Sometimes things just aren't "great" out there!
MattB. February 21, 2014 at 01:43 PM
I didn’t know that Plainfield had so many experts! Same people all the time with same old words of kindness! JOKE! As are most of the comments!(on all news) Plainfield I’m sure is doing what it can. It’s awesome how everyone knows the inner workings of the whole village! NOT!
Frank J Thierer February 21, 2014 at 04:27 PM
Hey HECTOR, Tea Bagger OMG are you kidding me? I'm sorry to be included in the same ORG. Except for the fact that most Tea Baggers I"m aware of would not tolerate the conditions of our village streets. Most Tea Baggers I know would be demanding better service from our village officials in this reguard. Tell me,your happy with the condition of our village streets. Your happy that some idiot village employee or official decided to not salt any streets that I drove on in these last few days and I drove on a lot of them. Your OK when some poor driver has an accident and it's because there is no salt on the streets. Most Tea Baggers I know care very deeply for their fellow citizens.There isn't a Tea Bagger out there that wants to see someone get hurt because there is no salt,not even at the intersections? HOW DARE YOU call youeself a Tea Bagger. You could care less about you fellow human beings. Attack me because I called it like it is. I even signed my whole name to it. Not like Hector whoever you are. Tell me where I'm wrong about the conditions of our streets. Tell me where the village salted,what street or intersection did you see salt. I didn't see salt anywhere. Are you connected with them Hector? Maybe that's why you would answer my post with the asinine come back that you did. Maybe you're a village official,who knows? My God man,before you attack someone for calling it like it is. Why don't you look the situation over first,then respond with some intelligence, o,yes maybe some truth might help also. Maybe I lied about all of this,wait a minute, NOPE, everything I said was the complete truth. Sometimes the truth hurts,depending in which side your on. Wise up Hector!!!!
Frank J Thierer February 21, 2014 at 04:46 PM
Grandpamike,I don't mind paying more for the rainy day fund that all villages should have. A few years back they stopped the vehicle sticker. They were so proud of themselves. Giving back to the residents. If I remember it was 15 bucks I think. So they had enough of our money,oops,I guess not. All those 15 bucks in a fund to cover tough winters like this and there would be no problems. I know,attack me now,I must be in favor of higher taxes right? Since when did it become OK to not keep the streets serviced in the winter. Maybe I'm showing my age now. I grew up in Stickney and damn proud of it. They hired road graders in the winter to take care of the snow. There was salt down all winter when needed. NEVER did a village official say we have to cut back because of a lack of salt or to much overtime was spent. You didn't dare not take care of the streets. Must be the "New America" everybody is talking about. We make an excuse for everything now. It's never anyone's fault anymore. Winters are very unpredictable,plan ahead. OK your turn to attack me again.
Frank J Thierer February 21, 2014 at 04:55 PM
Hey Matt, Same people all the time. I think I've posted about 6 comments on the patch total. Yes,I am an expert. I know about inner workings of many villages. My village deserves an F for the way they handled the streets this winter. My street wasn't plowed for over a day when the last big snow hit. Well over 24 hours. That's OK in your book? Wow,like I said before the "New America" rears it's ugly head again. "They're doing what they can". Lets apologize for them every time they screw up. Yea,that's the ticket!
Grandpamike February 21, 2014 at 06:13 PM
@Frank I don't think my response to you was an attack, it was more pointing out the great job the people in Public works does all the time. You cannot please everyone all the time, and you are certainly entitled to your opinions, except when you claim to be an "expert" in the workings of Villages, sounds more to me like megalomania.
TB Plfd February 21, 2014 at 06:39 PM
I was dropping a friend of in the Streams of Plainfield and there streets were loaded with salt and as I head home and the closer I got to my home there was no salt on the streets. all I know is if your in office today I will be voting against you because this is getting old only plowing our streets once a week and the police in this town is a joke else your in the business district.
Jay d February 21, 2014 at 07:53 PM
Why can't you people follow the story? Some man was seriously injured. Yes I can see where the anger comes from as far as the salting of roads and such but some poor guy is in the trauma unit. Sheesh! Also, if people learned how to hang up and drive then maybe they'd drive a little smarter. Just today I witnessed a woman on her cellphone talking and driving and she nearly fishtailed into the cornfield on 126th and Drauden. Bury the phone or bury yourself.
Frank J Thierer February 21, 2014 at 10:26 PM
Grandpamike, You know nothing about me. For you to comment questioning my credibility or knowledge of inner workings of various villages makes me wonder who you are. I really don't care what anybody thinks about me. I tell it like it is. Sometimes the truth hurts. If you can write a post here saying our village is doing a good job, you don't get around much. I like Plainfield, moved here 14 years ago. Fished here with a friend at The Bass&Gill Club back in 1970. I thought then that this would be a great place to live. Took me a little longer to get here than I thought. That doesn't mean I'm not allowed to criticize my village officials when I think it's the right think to do. You have a right to disagree with me if you feel the need to. That does not give you the right to question my knowledge when I make a statement to back up my opinion. I certainly didn't question your right to post or to disagree with something I said. I stick with everything I said 100%. You can stick with your post. Don't pass judgement on someone when you know nothing about that person. This village ran much smoother 12 years ago than it does now, what a shame.
Alice Norelco February 22, 2014 at 02:51 AM
I would call Representative Tom Cross's office and tell him he is neglecting his job in his district by NOT staying on top of IDOT. Maybe running for Treasurer is more important than the safety of our families and children in Plainfield. Rt. 126 is a state road and under TOM CROSS'S jurisdiction. IL Rt. 59 and 126 have been neglected this season! Thanks Tom!!!!
TB Plfd February 22, 2014 at 08:02 AM
12 years ago plainfield was a great town to raise a family in even the police back then use to serve and protect the people. Tom Cross may be a good guy but he has forgot about the people who put him in office.
Frank February 22, 2014 at 09:34 AM
Back when I moved here, +/-15 years ago, the village seemed to have a greater concern with attracting and keeping new residents. Many now appear to be trying to capitalize on small town politics and seem more concerned with themselves than they are with serving the people. Again, not all, but definitely some. I don't think it's the rank and file employees, I think it's the people making the decisions and giving the orders.
MattB. February 22, 2014 at 11:49 AM
Hey Frank J, Its funny you said you speak the truth! In your comment to me you say "I've posted about 6 comments on the patch total" well I just clicked on your name and on your profile it says 36 on the posting of comments! So you have LOST any and all credibility! In the words of Mason Jennings,"just because you say it doesn't make it true"
Ron Jidzny February 22, 2014 at 11:51 AM
I see the comment flagging police are still in action.
Rev February 22, 2014 at 02:46 PM
Bad weather does not cause accidents, inattention does.
Frank J Thierer February 22, 2014 at 02:59 PM
Hey Matt, Holy cow 36 postings.I sure didn't think I posted so many. Excuse me for not checking before I said. As for losing all my cred,think what you may. Don't know Mason but I do have to agree with him. For me,I could care less if you or anyone else believes me. I know what I said is the truth,and for me that's all that counts. YOU have babbled several posts and have never added anything to this conversation. Remember,it'd about the poor conditions of the village streets. Agree,Disagree,that's what it's all about. My God,if everybody agreed with me every time I made a comment we'd be in pretty bad shape. IF, YOU don't agree with someones post the least you could do is say so and then tell that person why he(she) is wrong in their thinking. I have stood corrected a few times when commenting on a situation. I love it. If you don't learn something new everyday you just wasted that day. Take Vicky Polito, I commented on another story in the patch a few days ago. She didn't agree with me completely and spelled it out in a post. That's great,I admire people who disagree and then proceed to tell you why with out calling you names or questioning your credentials. I like Her, I don't know anything about her,but from what I read she really loves Plainfield and wants it to operate as best as can be done. Yea Vicky!!!! We need a lot more Vicky's out there. DON'T automatically start berating somebody just because they have an opinion. When you do,you really show everyone else just how shallow you are. I'd rather be attacked for my opinion than for being shallow and not expressing my idea as to why I think you are wrong. WOW 36 posts. no wonder why my fingers hurt!!! I'm going to have to take a vacation and rest them and I'm sure some of you will be very happy! Sorry,no vacation,can't afford it. Have to work for a living,at least that's what my wife keeps telling me. See you on the flip side. You have to be old to know what that means. Look it up you might learn something.
Frank J Thierer February 22, 2014 at 03:29 PM
Matt, I just looked myself up. Man now I'm up to 41 including this one. Didn't know I had it in me? Anyway, what I want to say is yes sir I don't know how to keep my mouth shut. Imagine that, 41 comments. They were only related to 4 different stories here in the Patch. Well, I didn't start out to have so many comments,it's just when my Kool-Aid drinkers and the Low Information voters start attacking you I just get carried away telling them what wonderful people they are and we need more of them NOT!!!!! The one thing that we all have going for us at least for now,It's A Free Country and you don't have to have any brains to post comments on a site like this or anything like this out there. It's funny, the smart one's like Vicky Polito state their business and move on. Others that are not like Vicky like to post comment after comment attacking somebody all the while not writing anything about the topic that's of issue. HUM How's that working for you? Now,before you start attacking me for posting so many comments, I didn't think I was going to be attacked by a few individuals who don't know when to stop. Well I do,so attack away,I'm finished with this topic. BTW the person who started ranting about cell phones,I'm with you 100%. I don't think that had anything to do with this accident or any of the comments here. This is an ice issue and the lack of attention from the village. I'm with you though. I see drivers on their cells all the time. They even text while driving. You ever try to do that? I know,I'm not the sharpest knife in the drawer but when I tried to text and drive (once) I almost ran off the road several times. I'm sure the other drivers around me probably thought I was drunk. Amazing! I'm going to have a beer and watch MSNBC for all the latest and completely true news of the world. See Ya!
Hector February 22, 2014 at 03:37 PM
"For me,I could care less if you or anyone else believes me." Then you do care Frank, that's sweet.
Frank J Thierer February 22, 2014 at 04:06 PM
I do care,just wish some had a higher IQ
Joki2 February 23, 2014 at 09:01 AM
Plainfield is a JOKE!!!!!!! I cannot understand how people defend Plainfields actions. To fail to plan is the plan to fail and that's what Plainfield did this winter season.
Vicky Polito February 23, 2014 at 10:45 AM
I could get on the "bash Plainfield" team if it weren't true that most of the communities, really across the nation, have struggled in many of the same ways this rough, tough winter. It is not true that Plainfield or it's administration team are looking like the dumb kids when everyone else has gold stars at the top of their test papers! Where is this little gem of a town that some keep holding Plainfield up to, measuring Plainfield as such a failure against that example? Show me the perfection that Plainfield is alone in being unable to achieve. I want to see what apparently is so easy to attain and all around me, but in 50 odd years I've somehow never come across it . . .
Grandpamike February 23, 2014 at 10:53 AM
@Vicky So true. Thank you for keeping it in perspective.
Frank J Thierer February 23, 2014 at 11:15 PM
Joki2, Hey man or girl. Don't want to be sexist. Plainfield is far from a joke. Plainfield in a great village in most areas. Yes, I'm very upset with the way the snow and ice situations are being handled. To say the entire village is a "Joke" shows how little you know about the inner workings of "villages". Plainfield for the most part is a very good village. We have very good services in this town. Yes, I believe they dropped the ball on keeping the village streets this winter. Yes, there were other villages that had problems this winter also. But there were villages out there that I was told did a wonderful job this winter. I know someone is going to jump in now and demand to know the names of these towns. I don't remember the names pbecause it didn't matter to me. Was there poor planning? I honestly don't have an answer to that question. What did happen in MY opinion was they simply ran out of salt and ran out of overtime. Those two things should not have happened. In a Village this size you absolutely must have a plan "B". You must. No excuse for not having your streets clear and salted. I've lived here almost 60 years and obviously we have run the gambit as far as how winters have been. The minute you find yourself gobbling up much more salt than anticipated you need to get on the horn and order more. I'm sure that most people involved it this part of village operations had to have known they were blasting through salt at much higher rates than normal. Immediately the order for more salt should have gone out. No excuses , NO EXCUSES!!!! Period. It was still early on this winter when all of this started happening. Salt was still readably available. Alright, enough said. We've gone way out there with some of these comments. Even I have. The bottom line is, the Village dropped the ball and more accidents happened than should have. Lets see how the Village handles this situation and are they going to be ready for next year. It'll probably be a very mild one. How about we put this to bed. I'm sure we'll be at each others throats!!! Good night everyone! Stay safe!!!


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