An investigation is underway to determine what caused a tractor-trailer accident on I-57 in Union County.
According to local media reports, the accident involved two tractor-trailers and no other vehicles. The two trucks involved were a 2009 Peterbilt, driven by James Woodley, 45, and a 2007 International Harvester, driven by Warren Gross, 31.
Woodley had parked his rig on the right side of southbound I-57 about five miles north of Illinois 146. Woodley had gotten out of the cabin to check his vehicle when, for some unknown reason, Gross’s tractor-trailer crossed into the shoulder and collided with the left side of Woodley’s trailer. Gross continued off the shoulder and eventually ended up down a ditch off the right side of the roadway.
Both rigs sustained extensive damage and the cleanup caused traffic to back up for nearly an hour.
Remarkably, neither driver was injured in this Illinois truck accident. Woodley was especially vulnerable, since he had exited his vehicle and was standing alongside it on the shoulder.
The crash is still under investigation, but we do know that Woodley’s truck was legally parked on the side of the road. What is still to be determined is what caused Gross to drive into the shoulder and why he didn’t see the other truck ahead of him.