An Illinois state trooper is dead after a crash that occurred in Northfield Township in late March. The truck accident occurred at around 11 p.m. when a white semi-truck heading south veered out of its lane after the driver of the truck allegedly fell asleep behind the wheel. The truck then crashed into the state trooper’s police cruiser, which was parked on the left shoulder of Interstate 294. The driver of the truck suffered minor injuries and was taken to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. The state trooper’s body, still trapped in the squad car, was taken to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
A witness to the crash stated that the semi-truck was traveling in the left lane on the interstate. Police have confirmed, however, that Illinois state law requires semi-tractor trailers to travel only in the two right lanes.
A death investigation is ongoing, and United Van Lines, the company owning the semi-tractor trailer, has said that it is saddened by the event and is cooperating fully with authorities. According to court records, a citation for improper lane usage by the truck driver was dismissed on April 15. The truck driver has not been charged with crimes relating to the accident.
Victims involved in truck accidents and their families may have legal rights to compensation for medical expenses, loss of income and pain and suffering. A lawyer specializing in truck accidents may be able to help victims and their families form a case to claim compensation that they are entitled to.
Source: Chicago Sun-Times, “Truck driver fell asleep at the wheel in crash that killed trooper, report,” Jon Seidel, April 25, 2013