A four vehicle crash early Thursday morning led to one lane of Interstate 55 being closed down for nearly four hours at the Rail-Splitter rest stop.
Police say that a tractor trailer pulled out of the rest stop into northbound traffic when another vehicle side-swiped the truck, significantly damaging the front end and puncturing the gas tank.
That second vehicle then veered left across both lanes and struck the median cable and then back to the right to hit another semi truck where it lodged under the trailer. The second vehicle’s tire detached upon impact and hit a forth vehicle.
The tractor trailer driver from Tinley Park and another driver from Sherman were transported to the hospital for minor injuries. After police, EMS, several area fire departments and the EPA arrived on the scene, the other two drivers, one from South Carolina and the other from Arkansas, were able to leave the scene without injuries.