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.