The driver of a semitrailer that collided into four vehicles on Interstate 80 in New Lenox on Wednesday afternoon died in the accident.
Sukhwinder Singh, 28, of Bellerose, New York, was the only fatality in the accident that tied up westbound I-80 until nearly 1:30 a.m. Thursday, state police said.
Four other people were injured, including a Joliet woman and a Channahon man, in the collision. east of the Interstate 355 interchange with I-80.
The collision happened at about 4:26 p.m. when Singh's semitrailer "for unknown reasons, failed to slow down and stop for traffic ahead" in the westbound lanes, state police said in a news release.
Singh collided into the rear end of another semitrailer. The trailer of that truck became fully engulfed in flames as it turned over, police said, The driver of that truck, Harold C. Babbitt, 29, of Minonk, Illinois, was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.
Babbit's truck veered into the left lane before veering back and hitting another semitrailer that also was rear-ended by Singh's truck, police said.
The driver of the third truck Clifton L. Knight, 57, of Colfax, Indiana, also was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
The impact of the crash pushed Knight's semitrailer into a 1995 turquoise Chevrolet Cavalier, which was then pushed into the rear end of a 2019 gray Ford Edge.
The driver of the Chevrolet, Gerard F. Neveau, 49, of Channahon, and the Ford,
Kathleen M. Macfarlane, 33, of Joliet, also were taken to the hospital with minor injuries, police said,
Singh was pronounced dead at the scene.
State police said all westbound lanes of I-80 were shut down east of I-355 at the time of the accident for the crash investigation and cleanup of debris.
At 6:08 p.m. police also shut down I-80 westbound at LaGrange Road and the westbound entrance ramp at that interchange,
All lanes were reopened at 1:21 a.m., state police said.