On March 2, 2018, around 2:00 p.m., three semi-trucks and four cars were involved in a fiery crash on inbound I-290 in Elmhurst, near St. Charles Road. Immediately after the crash, a fire spread between multiple truck cabs and cars involved in the pileup. Witnesses told reporters that the crash “sounded like an explosion” in the neighboring areas. Illinois State Police arrived and immediately closed all inbound lanes of the Eisenhower, which remained closed until 3:00 a.m. Friday morning.
The State Police report that Christopher Follett, 37, of Munster, Indiana, was killed in the collision. Authorities also report three others were injured, but their conditions are not known at this time.
Additionally, the National Transportation Safety Board announced that it would be sending a team of seven investigators to determine the both the cause of the crash and the conditions of the trucks involved. Per the NTSB Twitter feed, the team of investigators would look at fuel tank integrity, collision points, and the electronic logging date to further explain the impact and fire.
If you were injured in a trucking accident, it’s important to contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Your attorney will be able to conduct an independent investigation of the crash and protect important electronic data that could otherwise be tampered with or destroyed. Trucking insurance companies begin an investigation immediately in order to build a defense, making it even more crucial that you hire someone to protect you as soon as possible. For more information, contact Law Offices of Mathys & Schneid or visit the Truck Accidents section of our website.