Both drivers are lucky to be alive after the collision between their trucks early Wednesday morning outside Joliet, Illinois. The cab of the truck with the bottled water was decimated, and the grain trailer full of soybeans was ripped in half.
Illinois Department of Transportation clean up teams say it would take about four hours to clean up the spilled soybeans and an environmental remediation team was on the way to deal with the spilled diesel fuel. The collision happened around 5:30 a.m Central Time, at the beginning of the morning rush in the area between Joliet and Chicago.
From the overhead footage from CBS Chicago, it is apparent that the grain truck was hit while it was stopped, either on the shoulder or stopped in the traffic lane. The damage that occurred to all involved had to have come from a high-velocity collision.
Drivers need to pay attention while driving, especially during rush hour traffic in major metropolitan areas. And the time of the collision – 5:30 a.m. – brings thoughts of tired driving, because that is in the timeframe of when overnight drivers are near the end of their shift and morning drivers might still have some drowsiness from waking up.
Both drivers are very lucky, as no injuries have been reported as of time this article is published.