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Coroner IDs 69-year-old semi-truck driver killed in Long Grove crash

The cab of a semi-truck detached from the truck after a t-bone crash at Route 83 and Westmoreland Drive in Long Grove Thursday morning | Photo provided to Lake and McHenry County Scanner.

Authorities have released the identity of a 69-year-old Des Plaines man killed after his semi-truck was involved in a crash with a minivan Thursday in Long Grove.

An autopsy performed Friday showed that Stanley Adams, 69, of Des Plaines, died of blunt force injuries caused by a motor vehicle crash, according to Lake County Coroner Dr. Howard Cooper.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Countryside Fire Protection District and Mundelein Fire Department responded around 11:10 a.m. Thursday to Route 83 and Westmoreland Drive in Long Grove for a two-vehicle crash with injuries.

Lake County Sheriff Spokesman Sgt. Christopher Covelli said that a semi-truck, driven by Adams, was traveling northbound on Route 83.

A 2015 Toyota minivan, driven by a 45-year-old Vernon Hills woman, was attempting to turn left onto eastbound Westmoreland Drive from southbound on Route 83 when it was t-boned by the truck.

The semi-truck then struck a traffic light pole and drove into an embankment on the northeast corner of the intersection. Both vehicles sustained major damage, Covelli said.

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The Lake County Sheriff’s Office investigates a fatal crash near Route 83 and Westmoreland Drive in Long Grove Thursday morning involving a minivan and a semi-truck | Photo provided to Lake and McHenry County Scanner.

Adams, who was heavily trapped in the truck, was pronounced dead at the scene. The woman driving the minivan was transported to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville with injuries that are believed to be non-life-threatening.

The semi-truck was carrying 40,000 pounds of cargo. Witnesses reported the traffic light for northbound and southbound Route 83 was yellow at the time of the crash.

Extended extrication was required to remove Adams from the truck, Covelli said.

Both directions of Route 83 were closed from Route 45 to Gilmer Road until late Thursday evening while crews repaired the traffic light and authorities completed an accident investigation.

The crash remains under investigation by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Technical Crash Investigations Unit and Lake County Coroner’s Office.


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