Two separate truck crashes gridlock traffic I-80/94
Two independent truck crashes late Monday and early Tuesday gridlocked site visitors together eastbound I-80/94 for hrs Tuesday morning, in accordance to Indiana Point out Law enforcement.
The initial crash transpired last evening at around 9:30 p.m.
Preliminary investigation reveals that a 2022 Freightliner was touring eastbound in the much-appropriate lane when it rear-ended a 2003 Freightliner that was pulling an empty box trailer. The 2003 Freightliner was in the procedure of currently being towed by a tow truck. As a end result of the impression, debris and auto elements had been scattered throughout all the lanes, as nicely as a huge total of oil and diesel fuel. All eastbound lanes have been shut down right until around 5:00 a.m. for scene cleanup. Only minor injuries were being sustained by the driver of the 2022 Freightliner. A towing enterprise handled the motor vehicle recovery and an unexpected emergency companies organization taken off the oil from the roadway.
Then at all-around 3:15 a.m., troopers were dispatched to I-80/94 eastbound lanes at the 8.8 mile-marker for a semi, a 2016 Freightliner, that was stopped in the lane of vacation. As a trooper was responding to the scene, he noticed an additional semi, a 2020 Volvo, rear-end the trailer of the stopped truck. As a end result of the effect, the driver was trapped inside of the cab of the Volvo. Even though initial responders were treating the wounded driver, the trooper spoke with the driver of the Freightliner. The trooper noticed indicators of impairment and while trying to conduct an O.W.I. investigation, the driver bodily resisted. The driver, 36-12 months-outdated Kennieth L. O’Conner Jr., from Zachary, LA, strike the trooper on the head with his arm. Just after offering several requests for O’Conner to prevent resisting, a taser was deployed to subdue him. O’Conner was then taken into custody. The trooper transported O’Conner to Southlake Healthcare facility where a warrant for a blood attract was asked for and later on granted by a Lake County Judge. That warrant was executed and the moment the matter was medically cleared, he was transported to the Lake County Jail for scheduling.
O’Conner is preliminarily charged with operating whilst intoxicated causing catastrophic injuries, battery on regulation enforcement and resisting arrest. These costs are preliminary, remaining expenses will be identified by the Lake County Prosecutor’s Business.
The driver of the Volvo was transported to Northlake Healthcare facility with daily life-threatening accidents and later on flown to the University of Chicago for treatment. The roadway was closed at this spot right up until around 9:00 a.m. for crash reconstruction and scene cleanup.