Two Tragic Deaths Reported After Vehicle Crash on Bishop Ford in Calumet City, Illinois
CALUMET CITY, IL. – According to a news report posted online at wgntv.com, two tragic deaths were reported following a vehicle crash that occurred on the Bishop Ford Expressway in Calumet City, Illinois. The wreck reportedly involved three vehicles, one of which was a tractor-trailer that caught on fire after the accident.*
The collision occurred early in the morning near Sibley Boulevard on the southbound side of the Bishop Ford Expressway. Illinois State Police and WGN report that around 2:30 a.m., a tractor-trailer traveling south somehow collided with a car. It is not clear what led to the collision or what type of car was involved. It is also unclear how a third vehicle became involved or what type of vehicle was the third to end up colliding with the other two.
The report says the car rolled over after impact, and the semi-truck caught on fire. Witnesses at the scene reportedly said that they tried to pull the driver of the semi-truck and a passenger in the semi-truck out of the vehicle after the crash, but the semi-truck exploded and burst into flames.
WGN reports — and Illinois State Police confirmed — that both the driver of the semi-truck and the passenger in the semi-truck were tragically killed in the accident. Neither was identified in the report.
In addition, WGN states that three people sustained injuries and were taken to local hospitals for treatment. They were also not identified. Their injuries were said to be non-life threatening.
The crash resulted in a closure of the Bishop Ford Expressway in both directions. The bridge on the expressway was reportedly damaged in the accident, and the Illinois Department of Transportation is inspecting it for structural problems. Illinois State Police are still investigating the events that led to the crash, and no further information was reported by WGN.
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