Dan Ryan Expressway Truck Accident
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Dan Ryan Expressway
The 7.4-mile Dan Ryan Expressway runs north and south through the Chicago metropolitan area, beginning at the Kennedy Expressway and Eisenhower Expressway Circle Interchange. It ends at W. 98th Pl. and E. 100th St., becoming the Bishop Ford Freeway.
The Dan Ryan Expressway junctions with a Chicago highway just south of 66th St. traveling Southeast, carrying hundreds of thousands of vehicles every day. The highway was named for a former Cook County Board of Commissioners president Dan Ryan, Jr.
Traffic planners initially called it the South Route Expressway before renaming the first section after the recently deceased commissioner president. The county opened the initial segment in December 1961 between 71st St. and 95th St.
A major reconstruction of the elevated bridge was completed in 1989, and by 2007, the entire 7.44-mile stretch was rebuilt from the Illinois Department of Transportation funds.
The Dan Ryan conjunction with numerous freeways, including interstate:
- 55 (Stevenson Expway/St. Louis/Lakeshore Drive)
- 57 (Memphis)
- 90 (Kennedy Expway/Wisconsin border/Indiana toll road)
- 94 (Kennedy Expway/Wisconsin border/Bishop Ford freeway/Indiana)
- 290 (Eisenhower Expway/Western suburbs)
What Truck Accident Victim Should Know
Many local companies and long-haul truckers use Chicago’s freeways and expressways, hauling tons of products, goods, and fuel every day. The truck’s sheer size and weight could create catastrophic consequences when colliding with passenger vehicles and pickup trucks.
Many local area freeway accidents result from negligence by the trucker, trucking company, and others.
Contributing factors for severe crashes usually involve:
- Exhausted truckers failing to obey Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations to take mandatory breaks and follow “hours of service” regulations
- Truckers driving at excessive speeds or making illegal/unsafe lane changes
- Improperly loaded or overloaded trucks causing cargo to shift and raising the center of gravity
- Tailgating, resulting in rear-end crashes
- Truckers driving distracted while operating navigation/radio (electronic devices) or talking on cell phones
- Driving under the influence of alcohol, prescription medications, or illegal drugs
The federal government has heavily regulated the interstate trucking industry since 1939. However, trucking companies still fail to follow the best hiring practices, employing inexperienced drivers who lacked training and experience.
Recent Dan Ryan Expressway Accidents
Heavily congested traffic and fully loaded semi-tractor-trailers traveling at high speeds create hazardous conditions for all motorists on Chicago’s freeways. The area experiences severe weather conditions, increasing the risk of catastrophic injuries when visibility is low and snow/ice accumulates on city streets and freeways.
Many accidents involving 18-wheelers, semi-tractor-trailers, long-haul truckers, and commercial vehicles involved distracted driving, DUI, and illegal maneuvers. Truckers are often distracted while texting/talking on their smartphones, illegally merging into another lane, and failing to see vehicles, pedestrians, bicyclists when turning due to their blind spots.
The 2018 Illinois DOT truck crash statistics revealed over 13,000 crashes resulting in 122 deaths and 2035 injuries. Recently reported accidents on Chicago’s expressways and freeways include:
Englewood, Illinois, February 2021 – Illinois State Police and local law enforcement closed all eastbound and westbound lanes around 11:00 P.M., to deal with a fatal crash on the Dan Ryan near 65th St. on Tuesday night. The accident killed two people, including a thirty-five-year-old Chicago Heights man and a seventeen-year-old boy dead.
A sixteen-year-old child was also seriously hurt in the overnight crash. The one-vehicle accident occurred when the man was speeding, lost control, and crashed into the Expressway’s concrete barrier before flipping and hitting a median pole.
The local fire department extricated the driver and both passengers. Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) transported all victims to local area hospitals. Two of the decedents were pronounced dead at St. Bernard Hospital Tuesday night.
Chicago, September 2020 – Illinois State police said all Dan Ryan Expressway lanes were closed while they responded to a Friday morning fatal accident involving two people near the CTA Red Line tracks on Chicago’s south side. The motorcycle crash killed one person and left another severely injured after midnight.
A preliminary investigation by the Illinois State Police revealed that the forty-year-old motorcyclist was speeding in an Interstate 94 Express Lane before striking a concrete median. The impact threw both riders on the CTA Red Line tracks near 47th St.
The motorcyclist and his fifty-five-year-old female passenger were both from Country Club Hills. Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) transported the motorcyclist with life-threatening injuries to the University of Chicago Medical Center. The passenger was pronounced dead at the scene.
The state police said the closed freeway lanes and the Red Line Service reopened around 7:30 A.M. About the time that the accident occurred, a passenger vehicle on the Dan Ryan southbound lane near the 63rd St., Skyway ramp was involved in multiple shootings.
Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) transported that victim with severe injuries to the University of Chicago Medical Center.
Chicago, March 2014 – Illinois State Police closed southbound lanes to investigate a crash on the Dan Ryan near 87th St. The Monday morning accident involved a female driver killed after hitting a tow truck and crashing into a divider wall near the CTA Red Line.
A preliminary investigation report revealed that the female was speeding in the freeway's center lane before losing control of her passenger vehicle and hitting a semi-tractor-trailer in the right lane. The forceful impact caused the vehicle to roll over, striking the concrete median that separates the CTA Red Line Tracks and the Expressway.
Officials pronounced the woman who had not been wearing a seat belt dead at the scene. Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) transported the truck driver to Roseland Community Hospital. No other people were involved in the crash.
The accident impact threw concrete debris from the southbound lane onto the Red Line tracks. Crews cleared debris and reopened the street and tracks at about 11 A.M.
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