Truck Driver Cited in Crash That Caused Day-Long Traffic Snarl

The 36-year-old semi-truck driver was cited in Monday’s crash that shut down the intersection of 95th Street and Cicero Avenue for 12 hours.

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Oak Lawn police said the driver was making a left turn eastbound on 95th Street from Cicero Avenue at approximately 10 a.m. when he struck a light pole adjacent to the White Castle restaurant, causing the truck to flip on its side. There were no injuries.

The truck, owned by Industrial Container Services in Louisville, KY, was carrying a load of steel cable. The semi-trailer cracked in half when it fell.

See the PHOTO GALLERY of Monday’s truck accident.

Crews worked throughout the day to right the truck and trailer, intermittently shutting eastbound traffic on 95th Street at the intersection. Both halves of the semi-trailer were held in place by a jack, allowing crews to transfer the cargo in the damaged semi-trailer to a truck to another.

Illinois State Police inspected the semi-truck. Nothing remarkable was cited with the truck’s equipment, police said.

Police ticketed the driver for failure to decrease speed to avoid a collision and damage to a village-owned light pole. The driver is to appear in court on June 15.

The wreckage was not pulled off street until about 7:50 p.m. Monday.

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