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Semi-truck driver rescued after Route 41 viaduct floods near Lake Bluff

A semi-truck was partially submerged in flood water in the northbound lanes of Route 41 north of Route 176 Sunday evening | Photo provided to Lake and McHenry County Scanner.

A semi-truck driver became stranded in his cab and had to be evacuated after his truck got stuck in high flood waters on Route 41 Sunday evening.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office responded around 7:30 p.m. Sunday to Route 41 north of Route 176 in Lake Bluff for a report of several cars stuck in water.

Deputies arrived and found several vehicles submerged in flood water under the train track viaduct, Lake County Sheriff Spokesman Sgt. Christopher Covelli said.

A semi-truck driver was stuck in his cab and began getting increasingly nervous as the truck began taking on water. The Lake Bluff Fire Department was called to the scene.

The sheriff’s deputy waded through the water, which was believed to be around 5 feet deep, and helped escort the driver to dry land, Covelli said.

The water levels reached approximately 10 feet deep at its highest point, Covelli added. Both directions of Route 41 were shut down and the southbound lanes were reopened early Monday morning.

At around 7 p.m. Sunday, the Lake Bluff Police Department responded to Sheridan Road and Scranton Avenue in Lake Bluff after the viaduct flooded. One person had to be assisted from their car after it became partially submerged in water.

The Sheridan Road and Scranton Avenue viaduct has since been reopened. Northbound Route 41 from Route 60 to Route 137 remains closed as of Monday afternoon, police said.


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