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Update: Garbage Truck Driver Lost Control Avoiding Slower Car: Police

Interstate 55 has reopened following an accident at U.S. 30 Monday morning that had southbound traffic detoured onto Route 126.

Credit: Jeff Trepac
Credit: Jeff Trepac
Update/posted at 3:30 p.m.Monday:

The driver of a garbage truck that overturned on Interstate 55 Monday morning, closing the southbound lanes and one northbound lane for several hours, lost control avoiding another vehicle, Sgt. Jim Powell of Illinois State Police District 5 said.

According to initial reports, the driver was reaching down to do something in his truck when he came up too quickly on a driver who was going slower than expected in the right-hand lane, Powell said. He took "evasive action" but ended up losing control of the vehicle, he said.

No information was available on whether the driver was injured or ticketed, he said.

Original story/posted at 10:50 a.m. Monday:

Southbound Interstate 55 is closed due to the overturning of a garbage truck at U.S. 30 in Joliet, Illinois State Police Master Sgt. Martez Malone said.

It's expected one lane will reopen shortly but currently all traffic is being routed off at Route 126 in Plainfield, Malone said.

No details are available on the accident, which involved only the truck, he said.

Jason Wydra October 07, 2013 at 12:11 PM
Well that stinks!!!!!
mej October 07, 2013 at 01:26 PM
What's the fine for littering?
Queen Edwards October 08, 2013 at 10:23 AM
WAIT A MINUTE..."According to initial reports, the driver was reaching down to do something in his truck when he came up too quickly on a driver who was going slower than expected in the right-hand lane, Powell said. He took "evasive action" but ended up losing control of the vehicle, he said." REALLY DUDE...REALLY???!!! (>_<) (O_O) Just my opinion, but sounds like he was tailgating. Either way it happened, the truck driver WILL be found GUILTY for being careless.

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