Semi Plows Into Half A Dozen Cars Near Chicago Suburb

Eight people had to be hospitalized on Monday afternoon after a semi failed to slow down on Interstate 94 near a Chicago suburb, causing a multiple car pile-up involving six vehicles.

Authorities stated that the tollway was blocked for about five hours following the crash, which occurred around 5:45 pm in the westbound lanes near mile marker 8, according to Illinois State Police Master Sgt. G. Minx.

“There were eight injuries – seven drivers and a passenger,” said Sgt Minx, while confirming that no tickets had been issued as of yesterday afternoon and that none of the injuries were life-threatening.

Still, the Fire Department had their hands full as two of the victims did prove hard to extract from the wreckage, as reported by the Chicago Tribune. “The one extrication took about 10 minutes, but the other one took us a little longer, almost 30 minutes,” explained Gurnee Fire Department battalion chief Bob Heraver.

This comes as no surprise since the impact is truly devastating and at least two cars were even propelled upwards due to the sheer force of the crash – namely the first car hit by the semi and the SUV.

The driver of the semi was lucky as well since after the initial impact, the cab took quite a hit from one of the cars, which could have easily broken through to the passenger compartment.

Note: Some readers might find this footage disturbing

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  • Obsequious Lickspittle

    Those electronic devices sure can be an awful distraction!

  • Christian

    I would say that he is lucky that the car flipped insted of getting stuck under the van.

  • Vassilis

    😮 He didn’t even brake!

  • PlonPlon

    Most likely texting?

    • Andrewthecarguy

      Sleeping me thinks

    • BqWsRe

      On his iPhone…

      • Jay

        yup because no other phone could be used while driving..

  • Erzhik

    So looks like the idiot wasn’t paying attention to the road, at all. But why are the cars in the right lane stopped? Everyone else is going at high rate of speed, right lane stopped. Was there something ahead? Or some idiot just decided to stop in the middle of the highway? I’d love to see forward facing footage.

    • BqWsRe

      Doesnt excuse the fact he obviously wasnt paying attention. And it is his job to drive!

    • TheBelltower

      It was probably a line of stopped traffic leading to an exit ramp that was backed-up. Often when I see that on a busy road, I’ll skip that exit and take the next one. Nothing is riskier than being totally stopped on a fast moving highway.

      • Harlan McCartney

        Yeah I found a local news story. Punctuation and grammar courtesy of http://abc7chicago.com/
        “The crash occurred at about 7 p.m. on Interstate 94 near Exit 132 near Six Flags Great America theme park.”

    • ChrisInIL

      This interchange feeds a regional shopping mall and a major theme park. There is significant traffic flow at this intersection (Grand Avenue and Interstate 94) with average daily traffic counts at 24,600/37,900 on Grand Avenue and 102,800/70,100 on I-94. It was rush hour, but it is 47 miles from downtown Chicago – just barely the suburbs.

      The accident was in the northbound lanes and the traffic was backed up from the westbound Grand Avenue ramp feeding the mall.

    • Lee Ann Doetsch

      This exit is always extremely busy at this time of day as it is last major exit before state lines. it usually will backup for a mile. Too many getting off and you have to watch for on coming vehicles as well.

    • PeterBelles

      I think that’s an exit lane, the trucker should be hung from his balls

  • Jhon electron

    I think this is the new Tesla semi, equipped with autopilot system…

    • BqWsRe

      Watch out, tomorrow there will be a whole bunch of “positive news”/ press relreleases extolling the many amazing virtues of the perfect TESLA on Carscoops. TESLA is perfect, didnt you know?

      • How is this even remotely related to Tesla. Talk about electric envy.

        • BqWsRe

          You mean ED, right? Electric Disfunction condition. 😆

          Nope, just countering the Tesla propaganda we usually find on here.

  • Andrewthecarguy

    Really sad. Glad there were no fatalities.
    No ticket yet? I say jail time!

    • BlackPegasus

      Pardon my probable insensitivity, but I would choose death over the life time of permanent debilitating injuries those people will suffer with for the remainder of their unlucky lives. That idiot truck driver just ruined multiple lives in an instant.

      • Jay

        It literally happened that fast.

  • RDS Alphard

    I’m surprised to hear the people in camera car speak Hokkian .
    Hopefully no fatality in this accident !

    • Luc Helterbrand

      fascinating. Thank you for that little bit of trivia. (sincerely)

    • BqWsRe

      Thought so, too. Not super common to hear but dinstinctive when you hear it for sure.

      Some of us know. 😊

  • smartacus

    bang! took out 6 of them

  • DeliciousCheddar

    Too bad that facebook-reading truck driver wasn’t snuffed out. Hashtag frowny face? 🙁

  • The DUKE

    WOW!