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Man killed after semi-truck crashes into stopped car on I-94 near Wadsworth

A semi-truck rolled over after striking a car on Interstate 94 near Rosecrans Road in Wadsworth Wednesday evening. | Photo: Lake County Passage.

A 34-year-old man was killed after a semi-truck struck his stopped car and rolled over on I-94 near Wadsworth Wednesday evening, police said.

The Illinois State Police and Newport Fire Protection District responded around 11:58 p.m. Wednesday to eastbound Interstate 94 near milepost 2.5.

State police said that a preliminary investigation showed a black 2011 Toyota was stopped in the right lane of Interstate 94 eastbound.

A white 2019 Mack semi-trailer truck was traveling eastbound in the right lane when it struck the rear of the Toyota.

The impact of the crash caused the Toyota and the Mack truck to both leave the roadway to the right and enter the ditch.

The semi-truck overturned and came to a final rest on its passenger side. The driver of the Toyota was pronounced dead at the scene.

Lake County Coroner Dr. Howard Cooper said that the driver of the Toyota was a 34-year-old Chicago man. An autopsy is scheduled for Friday.

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The 57-year-old Kenosha, Wisconsin man driving the semi-truck was not injured and has not been cited, police said.

The right three lanes of Interstate 94 eastbound near Rosecrans Road and the ramp from Rosecrans Road to Interstate 94 eastbound were closed for the traffic investigation.

All lanes of Interstate 94 eastbound were reopened around 6:15 a.m. Thursday. The ramp from Rosecrans Road to Interstate 94 eastbound was reopened at 11:52 a.m. Thursday.

The crash remains under investigation by the Illinois State Police and Lake County Coroner’s Office.


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