A Chicago truck accident claimed the life of a Chicago man yesterday morning. The fatal truck accident occurred on the 17100 block of South Halsted St. in East Hazel Crest, IL. According to published reports, a truck driver had stalled at the intersection of 171st St. and Halsted and had exited his truck in order to wave down other motorists. He was then struck by another semi truck and pinned between the two oversized vehicles.
The victim, who was a resident of the 3300 block of W. 79th St., was reportedly rushed to Ingalls Memorial Hospital. He was pronounced dead at 7:37 a.m. according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office. Police have indicated that the driver of the truck that pinned the victim was issued a citation. The truck accident remains under investigation by local authorities.
Truck accidents are often deadly due to the size and mass of the vehicles involved in the collision. The United States Department of Transportation estimates that about 500,000 trucking accidents occur each year in the United States. These accidents result in around 5,000 fatalities per year. Given these accident statistics, Chicago motorists are urged to take extra precaution when driving near or around trucks.
If you or someone you know has been the victim of a trucking accident, you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney to preserve crucial evidence and protect your rights.