Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Increased ridership prompts additional trips; new service starts May 6 on Routes 755, 855.
Pace has announced that, starting Monday, it will increase service on both Plainfield-to-Chicago routes. The success of Pace’s bus-on-shoulder experiment, which allows buses to ride on the shoulder of I-55, has meant increased overall ridership — and now, the need for increased service. On Tuesday, Pace announced it will begin offering new trips on routes 755 (Plainfield-Illinois Medical District Express) and 855 (Plainfield-East Loop Express). Both routes depart the Park-N-Ride at the Plainfield Village Center. Route 855 also includes stops in Romeoville. According to Pace, Route 755 will get new morning and evening trips, along with a new mid-day trip. A new evening trip will depart from Chicago Union State at 7:30 p.m. , with what Pace …
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Illinois State Police said the cars had to be towed from the scene with flatbed trailers.
No one was injured in a six-car pileup on Interstate 55 Sunday afternoon. The chain-reaction accident, though, shut down all lanes of northbound I55, just south of the Weber Road interchange. Illinois State Police Master Sgt. Jeff Padilla said the call came in at 2:11 p.m. The accident began when a car stalled in the center lane and two vehicles stopped successfully. However, a fourth vehicle did not stop, hitting the three in front. Then two additional cars were also unable to stop. The closure of the Interstate was in part because at least three of the cars needed to be towed from the scene on flatbed trailers. "Nobody is paying attention out there," Padilla said. At 3:30 p.m., the lanes were still shut down. Patch will update this story…
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Illinois State Police said one person was extricated and transported by helicopter to Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove.
A man was transported to an area hospital by helicopter following a three-vehicle crash involving a semi-truck on southbound Interstate 55 early Wednesday. Illinois State Police Sgt. R. Caves said the accident occurred around 1:30 a.m. on southbound I-55 south of Route 126 after one vehicle crashed into a wall. When another motorist stopped to check on the disabled vehicle, that vehicle was hit by the semi, Caves said. The semi also struck the disabled vehicle, which had come to rest in the left lane with no lights on, according to police. Caves said one man was transported by helicopter to Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove. No one else was injured in the crash. Police were unable to provide any further information on the …
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Study will investigate potential routes for diverting traffic away from downtown if the I-55 interchange is built.
Village officials want to make sure that a proposed Interstate 55 interchange at Lockport Street doesn’t bring even more traffic to an already-congested downtown Plainfield. On Monday, trustees signed off on a plan to pay Joliet-based engineering firm Strand Associates more than $93,000 to explore the possibility of a Lockport Street bypass. In a memo to the board, Superintendent of Public Improvements Randy Jessen said the feasibility study will take a look at several potential routes to build a new road between Lockport Street and Route 126 and the proposed 143rd Street extension. Read: Village: Noise Study Approval is ‘Definitely Progress’ on 143rd St. Extension “It would be just west of Four Seasons Park, and there would be a new road …
Saturday, December 22, 2012
Interstate 55 northbound was shut down for a time in Troy Township as Illinois State Police cleaned up the crashes and the cause of the crashes.
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- Dawn Aulet
Saturday, December 22, 2012
Two filing cabinets in the roadway Saturday night were to blame for two separate crashes on Interstate 55 northbound. Illinois State Police Master Sgt. Fred Rivera said the two vehicles, a van and a passenger car, both swerved to avoid the cabinets in the road. "One vehicle swerved and ended up in the ditch," he said. "The second unit rolled over." The crash happened at mile marker 251, which is near the Interstate 55 and Interstate 80 interchange. The crash was at about 8:40 p.m. Four adults were taken to Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. No tickets were issued in the crash. State police had been alerted to the debris in the roadway and were on their way to the scene, but the crashes happened before …
Monday, December 10, 2012
Black ice was to blame for accidents up and down Interstate 55 and Interstate 80 and on area roads.
Black ice on interstates and local roads caused spinouts and fender-benders Monday night, but no serious injuries, according to the Illinois State Police. "It started about 5:30 p.m.," District 5 Master Sgt. Jeff Padilla said. "We had a bunch." Black ice is a thin, usually clear sheet of ice that is often invisible to drivers. Because it is invisible, drivers cannot adjust speed or incorporate other driving techniques to stay safe on the road. Monday was the first time this area has had snow or ice in these temperatures. In fact, had the area not seen snow on Monday, it would have tied an all-time state record. The accidents spanned the area, with crashes along Interstate 55, Interstate 80 and Interstate 57 as well as local roads. There …
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Plainfield firefighters responded to two accidents within a half-mile of each other on I-55 near Route 126.
Traffic on Interstate 55 screeched to a halt Wednesday after two back-to-back crashes within a half-mile of each other shortly before 8 p.m., officials said. Plainfield Deputy Fire Chief Jon Stratton said the first call came in around 7:30 p.m. after a four-car crash on southbound I-55 just past Route 126 at mile marker 260. “It sounded like somebody swerved, and it just started a chain reaction,” he said. Six people refused treatment following the accident, and three were transported to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries, according to Stratton. Less than half an hour later, a second crash just half a mile down the road involved a semi-truck and two other vehicles in a similar chain reaction accident, Stratton s aid. One …
No one was injured in the crash, which took place at about 9 p.m. Tuesday near the U.S. 30 exit.
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- Dawn Aulet
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
A driver headed northbound on Interstate 55, north of the U.S. 30 exit, lost control of his car Tuesday night, causing him to strike the guard rail and set the vehicle on fire, the Illinois State Police said. The man was able to get out of the car and was not injured in the crash, which took place at about 9 p.m., Illinois State Police Sgt. Jim Towell said. Citations were issued in the crash, although details on the charges were not available early Wednesday morning. Towell said the citations were speed-related. It is unknown if the fog that rolled into the area was a factor in the crash. Patch will update this story as more information becomes available. Get news where you live. Sign up for the Joliet, Channahon-Minooka, Plainfield or …
Sunday, October 14, 2012
The Illinois State Police are investigating; information on why 22-year-old Ryan Knudsen was walking on the highway has not been released.
A 22-year-old Plainfield man walking in the northbound lane of Interstate 55, just north of the U.S. 30 Joliet/Plainfield exit, died Sunday morning after being struck by two vehicles, an Illinois State Police District 5 news release said. The victim has been identified as Ryan Knudsen, of 23925 Chicago St., a state police spokesman said Sunday night. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 6:10 a.m., according to the Will County Coroner's Office, and an autopsy will be conducted Monday. The accident occurred at about 5:20 a.m. when a 2005 Freightliner semi-tractor-trailer struck Knudsen in the right lane, the release said. The driver of a 1999 Toyota Camry was behind the truck and struck the victim a second time, the release said. An …
Friday, August 3, 2012
State police reported major delays in both directions Friday night.
Traffic was backed up on northbound I-55 near Bolingbrook after a semi-truck caught fire during rush hour Friday. A spokesman with the Illinois State Police said state troopers were en route to the scene just before 5 p.m., adding the center and right lanes were shut down heading north. The semi caught fire on northbound I-55 near mile marker 263. No additional information was immediately available Friday.