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Traffic Jammed by I-80 Semi Accident

Cleaning up the debris from a flatbed truck that lost its load of metal coils is taking some time, the Illinois State Police said.

A flatbed semi-tractor truck that lost its load of six coiled metal rolls on Interstate 80, near Minooka, has one lane of traffic on each side closed as workers try to clean up the debris, Illinois State Police Master Sgt. Bill Fuentes said.

The accident occurred at about 4:15 p.m. Tuesday in the westbound lane near Ridge Road, Fuentes said.

No other vehicles were involved but cleanup is taking some time because the coils have to be cut into small pieces in order to be removed, he said. As a result, traffic on both sides of I-80 is jammed, he said.

Some motorists were exiting I-80 and using Illinois Route 52 (Jefferson Street) as an alternate. As a result, traffic was snarled on Route 52 from Houbolt Road on Joliet West's side through all of Shorewood.

Dense much? April 10, 2013 at 01:13 PM
Followed up this morning by 1 semi truck crashing into another and both semi's spilling their loads all over the west-bound lanes before 6am. Maybe the State Police should start ticketing these reckless semi drivers and instill into the ranks of truckers to drive the speed limit and reckless driving will not be tolerated. I remember in my youth that you should never speed in Wisc. because the police would give you a ticket in a heartbeat...time to make that happen in Ill. What done we pay the State Police to do? Sit on their thumbs and eat donuts?
Mary Allison April 10, 2013 at 01:23 PM
Really Common Sense? I agree that there are reckless drivers but studies have shown that 80% of accidents involving semi trucks are caused by cars. The driver that lost the load yesterday was an idiot. I drove by the scene, he used straps instead of chains to hold the load. The metal coils cut the straps. As far as the accident this morning - did perhaps a car cut off the trucks causing him to have to slam on the brakes and lose control? I am so sick and tired of seeing the truck drivers get a bad rap. Texting, eating, heck - a few years ago some dumb woman was painting her nails while driving and killed a woman on a motorcycle that was stopped at a red light.
Joe Viola April 10, 2013 at 01:30 PM
I drive a truck and I drive thru there a couple times a week. Your quick to blame it on the trucks but the cars drive thru there at speeds well in excess of the speed limits as well. I usually drive with the flow of traffic wether it be 45 or 55 or 65. Must of the trucks do the same thing. Cars racing down the left lane only to cut in at the last second to exit usually driving over the white striped area where no ones supposed to drive. But it's always the trucks that get the bad rap..... Maybe you should think before you post nonsense like this. Yes the police need to step up speed enforcement thru the area. Not just for the trucks but for EVERONE!!!
Dense much? April 10, 2013 at 01:40 PM
Hey Joe, I drive through there every day and while I'm driving 65 I have semi's on my bumper constantly. And just for the record vehicles over 4 ton which I believe every semi falls in is 55 MPH not 65 or 75....If you are driving over 55 MPH you are speeding and breaking the law....
Dense much? April 10, 2013 at 01:48 PM
Mary, no cars involved as best that I could tell. A semi with a flatbed hauling construction generators or compressors rear-end a semi with a box trailer and ripped it open like it was a bag of chips..... And for the record Mary I have friends who are truckers and the stories I hear from them are just plain scary....That is why when I taught my kids to drive I told hem to never ever trust the other driver, beware of truckers, women driving large SUV's, men driving mini-vans and never get stuck behind a Buick.
Anthony April 10, 2013 at 02:20 PM
I80 west of I55 is 65mph for heavy trucks. Please do some research on accident statistics at FMCSA .gov you will find commercial drivers are the safest drivers and have the least amount of accidents compared to everyday drivers. The next time you are being tailgated by a big truck ,ask your self , "did I just cut him off?" Which is what causes most heavy truck meets car type of accident.
Mary Allison April 10, 2013 at 02:22 PM
Common Sense -- never get stuck behind a Buick -- that's funny LOVE IT!!!
Anonymous April 10, 2013 at 02:31 PM
Ironic you call yourself "Common Sense"
Anonymous April 10, 2013 at 02:32 PM
Women driving large SUV's????? Good lord. Get a clue.
53 resident April 10, 2013 at 02:57 PM
YOU CAN'T BLAME ALL TRUCK DRIVERS,EVERYONE SPEEDS HOW MANY OF YOU ACTUALLY DRIVE 45 FROM CENTER ST. TO RICHARDS LIKE IS POSTED? NOT TO MENTION IF YOU DO YOU WILL GET RUN OVER!!! YESTERDAY AFTERNOON DRIVING ON 80 FROM JOLIET TO TINLEY I WATCHED A YOUNG DRIVER ZIG ZAGGING IN AND OUT OF 2 TO 3 LANES OF HEAVY TRAFFIC AND AT ONE POINT ALMOST CLIPPED A SEMI THAT HE CUT OFF WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE??? IS YOUR LIFE OR OTHER'S LIVES THAT UNIMPORTANT TO YOU???
GlockG22Shoots40s April 10, 2013 at 03:03 PM
never get stuck behind a Buick.... my dad always told me to never get stuck behind a guy smoking a pipe and driving a Chrysler LOL
GlockG22Shoots40s April 10, 2013 at 03:06 PM
That's some good info... but the accident was EAST of I55 on I80 westbound... 55mph... regardless, no one here knows what happened or why... somebody could have had a stroke or heart attack... speeding doesn't have to have anything to do with it.
Dense much? April 10, 2013 at 03:14 PM
If any of you morons don't like me driving 1 mph under the limit in the right hand lane...TOO BAD! And besides in my original comment I never once accused the drivers in this mornings accident of speeding....it seem you people that side with the truckers can't read very well....
Anthony April 10, 2013 at 03:24 PM
Glock- I agree, from what I know a driver was killed We should be talking about saying a prayer for that persons loved ones.
Anthony April 10, 2013 at 03:26 PM
Common sense-- I think you may want to read your post again.
Fester Bestertester April 10, 2013 at 03:57 PM
Trucks should be required to stay in the right lane, and stick to 55mph. Semi's are usually doing 70-75mph- that is 15-20mph over the 55mph limit. Like a cop wouldn't ticket a car going 85 in a 65mph zone? Yet trucks routinely go 15-20mph over the 55mph limit, as the guy above admits. Flow of traffic my arse.
GlockG22Shoots40s April 10, 2013 at 04:49 PM
uhhhh, your original comment is all over the "truckers speeding" issue... granted I'll give ya that you didn't call out a specific truck in this accident... the accusation was implied with your comment though... read it yourself "Followed up this morning by 1 semi truck crashing into another and both semi's spilling their loads all over the west-bound lanes before 6am. Maybe the State Police should start ticketing these reckless semi drivers and instill into the ranks of truckers to drive the speed limit... ".... just saying...
Dense much? April 10, 2013 at 05:02 PM
I checked out the website you recommended, I think you should rethink your remarks....percentage wise cars are safer than truck drivers There are approx 237 million cars compared to about 8.5 million large trucks, a difference of 28:1... Apples to apple cars make 1/2 as many accidents per mile. Your number source...learn how to use it.
Tori April 10, 2013 at 08:02 PM
I agree that trucks should stay in right lane, especially during rush hour. I was rear-ended in the left lane by a semi on westbound I-80 just west of Larkin Ave. during rush hour & I'm positive it was intentional. After he hit me, he sped off & luckily my car was still driveable so I chased him to get his license plate no., etc. & while I was trying to do that he kept switching lanes to lose me & he had to be doing at least 80mph while I tried in vain to keep up with him & not break the law. Luckily I had called 911 right after I realized I was the victim of hit & run so the police apprehended him & ticketed him. If I had not chased him, he would've gotten off scot-free. I was physically injured & rear of my car was smashed in so I now steer clear of semi-trucks, especially on I-80. The driver now has a warrant out for his arrest for failure to appear in court.
Dense much? April 10, 2013 at 08:48 PM
Tori in my opinion that drive should be thrown in jail for assault with a deadly weapon with intent to mane.
dan kasprzycki April 10, 2013 at 11:21 PM
guess none of you really heard that a truck driver lost his life early this morning. reports were that a merging semi tractor trailer entering w/b i 80 at houbolt caused another semi to suddenly stop causing the flatbed driver to rearend this stopped truck and bursting into flames i drive a tractor trailer everyday thru this area and i wish a person who never drove a truck had the chance to take a ride and experience what us truck drivers see. i am not perfect i do go above the speed limit some times but i dont text or shuffle thru my ipod put on my make up or curl my hair truck drivers will always get a bad rap but i do this for a living not just to joy ride i too have a wife and kids i do see truckers doing bad things but there are some like myself that care about others as well as their families
joel April 11, 2013 at 12:04 AM
I drive a semi and travel I80 everyday. My car in the morning to work, the semi all day and my car back home at night. Trucks may be rolling 70-75 mph because 80% of the cars are going 80-85 mph and its safer to try and flow with the rest of traffic. Believe me i've seen my share of women passing me doing 80 or better driving with their knee while putting makeup on and guys reading a newspaper going bout the same speed, an accident waiting to happen and if a truck unfortunately gets involved its so quick to blame the truckdriver not the girl who was putting makeup on while driving or the man who was reading the sports section of the newspaper while driving 80mph with his knee.
Wild Bill from Morris April 11, 2013 at 02:52 AM
The 2 safest drivers on the interstates are State cops then Truckers - There are some bad rookie truck drivers - But I'm glad this is a Minooka forum - Minooka CAR drivers are some of the MOST reckless drivers I encounter on my commute every day...
Tori April 11, 2013 at 01:25 PM
Yeah, I was very surprised that he didn't hit someone else when I witnessed how he drove after he hit me. The scary thing is that I'm sure he's still out there driving a truck! I have a relative and family friend who are retired truck drivers so I know all truck drivers are not bad drivers but, unfortunately, the bad truck drivers like the guy who hit me give good truck drivers a bad rap!
John Roberts April 11, 2013 at 01:31 PM
you are exactly correct...
John Roberts April 11, 2013 at 01:41 PM
As a person who worked on Highways...I have seen truckers and cars with their news papers stretched across their steering wheels,Making coffee,Talking on phones,and riding peoples azzes ...all while going through road construction on I-80...don't know how many truckers and car drivers horns I heard screaming riding some cars azz trying to get them to go faster through traffic....Drivers of trucks do exactly the same things as people who drive in cars...Its not the Labels that are doing the harm..just like guns...ITS THE PEOPLE!!!...I know truck drivers that have never been in a wreck,but I know some that have...as truckers say "its not a matter of if..Its a matter of when!". Either by someone elses mistake or their own...When you spend all day driving chances are you have a higher risk of getting into an accident...
Shrek April 12, 2013 at 03:46 AM
The law states that slower traffic must stay right. No where in Illinois does it say that trucks must stay right. The right lane is for the exit ramps and the left lane is for thru traffic on a two lane separated highway. Besides do any of you 4 wheelers ever travel outside if chicago 7 counties??? If you did you would see that the truck speed limit is 65 everywhere but Daley land. Us truckers pay for every mile we drive on every street and highway in every state. You 4 wheelers DON'T.
Dense much? April 12, 2013 at 10:53 AM
@ John Roberts....are you stupid or something? 1st off you do you think post the signs for truck lane restrictions? And how much of the price of gasoline that us 4-wheelers pay is in road taxes? 4-wheelers as you put it also pay to drive every mile of road.....just goes to show you truckers are as dumb as the arses you sit on.
Wayne May 11, 2013 at 11:48 AM
In case anyone has not noticed, there are very few if any state police on the road anymore, The only time you see them is at accidents or around holidays. Budget cuts again! Only in Illinois!

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