Update 8:25 p.m.
A Chicago man was seriously injured Thursday when his semi-truck was clipped by another semi on Interstate 80, forcing his vehicle into the grassy median west of Briggs Street, Illinois State Police Sgt. James M. Powell said.
The accident occurred at about 1:15 p.m. when a truck traveling in the right lane of westbound I-80 pulled into the left lane and collided with a second truck already in that lane, Powell said. The impact caused the second truck to veer into the center median.
The truck driver, 38, was badly injured and transported to a Joliet-area hospital in critical condition. He has since been upgraded to serious, Powell said.
Both lanes of westbound I-80 were closed for more than five hours. One lane of traffic reopened at about 5:30 p.m., but the scene was not completely cleared until about 7:45 p.m., Powell said. A gapers' block into the eastbound lanes of traffic caused a long jam on both side of the interstate, he said.
It's possible they may need to close a lane tomorrow to clean up any fuel that remains from the spill caused by the crash, he said.
The driver who caused the accident, a 30-year-old Chicago man, stopped at the scene and was issued two tickets. Powell said he did not know what charges were cited.
Updated 6:33 p.m.
Illinois State Police Sgt. James M. Powell issued this statement: "All lanes of I-80 westbound at Briggs street are open at this time. The left lane will be closed for diesel cleanup. The estimated time for that closure is 1 hour. I will advise when that job is complete and the left lane reopens."
Updated 3:16 p.m.
State police said the truck hit another vehicle and that one person was injured. Further details weren't immediately available. Traffic is still backed up on I-80. Check back for more details.
The two westbound lanes of Interstate 80, just west of Briggs Street in Joliet, have been closed by an accident involving a semi-tractor truck.
Illinois State Police Master Sgt. Martez Malone said the accident caused the truck to lose its load, and he was not sure on the timetable to clear the debris. No other details were available.
Drivers are urged to avoid the area, if possible.
We'll post more information as it becomes available.
Ann Piasecki, local editor for New Lenox Patch, contributed to this story.