A truck driver was killed early this morning while attempting to place warning triangles around his broken down semi. The fatal accident occurred on Chicago’s Tri-State expressway (I-294) near the Cermak road exit. The truck accident claimed the life of 41 year-old Kenneth A. Brown of Crest Hill, IL. According to Illinois State Police Tollway District Master Sgt. John Creedon, the tragedy occurred when the semi-truck trailer became separated from the cab around 1:07 a.m. on Thursday morning. The trailer and the cab were separated by about ten feet when the breaks on the truck locked. The truck was stopped in a lane of traffic when the accident occurred.
According to reports, the Kenneth Brown exited his vehicle and attempted to place triangular markers along the Chicago expressway to warn other drivers of his predicament. While he was placing the markers, Brown was reportedly hit and killed by a southbound Chevrolet van. The van clipped the rear of the immobile truck before it hit the trucker. The injured trucker was taken to Adventist Hinsdale Hospital around 1:30 a.m. The DuPage County Coroner’s office confirmed the death but refused to release any further details. The driver of the van reportedly suffered no injuries. The accident is being investigated by accident reconstruction specialists.
The family of the deceased trucker may have both personal injury and workers’ compensation claims following the tragedy.