The first accident occurred on Interstate 65 just South of Interstate 80 around 11:45 PM. A tow truck driver was changing a tire on a semi truck when a Land Rover rear-ended the tow truck. The tow truck driver was crushed between his truck and the semi truck.
The tow truck driver was a highway service worker employed by a service company that was called out by the driver of the semi truck. He was pronounced dead at the scene and his identity has not been released.
The at fault driver of the Land Rover was injured and taken to Methodist Hospital. The driver’s injuries are reportedly non-life-threatening. The driver of the semi truck was not hurt.
The crash investigation was handled by the Indiana State Police.
The next two deadly Illinois crashes were both single vehicle accidents. The first occurred just after midnight on the Dan Ryan Expressway. A 34-year-old woman loss control of her Chrysler Pacifica in the northbound lanes around 26th Street and hit a concrete barrier head-on.
About an hour later a motorist heading northbound on Interstate 55 loss control of his car and struck a wall just before entering the Dan Ryan Expressway southbound ramp. The accident occurred around 1:15 AM. The driver was taken by ambulance to Stroger Hospital and was pronounced dead a short time later.
Read the story as reported by the Southtown Star here.
The Illinois State Police handled both single vehicle crash investigations.