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Elwood police: Icy roads cause fatal crash Thursday

ELWOOD – A driver was killed instantly after sliding into a truck Thursday morning on the Arsenal Road bridge.

At 5:25 a.m., Elwood police received a call about a crash involving a truck and a car at the bridge. 

The driver of the car, a 32-year-old Park Forest man, was killed in the crash, and a passenger in the car, a 39-year-old Richton Park man, was seriously injured and sent to Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet.

Hayes said the release of the name of the driver is pending notification of his family.  

The driver of the truck, a 59-year-old Aurora man, suffered minor injuries and was also sent to Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center, where he was treated and released. 

Based on preliminary investigations, Elwood Police Chief Fred Hayes said it appears the car was traveling westbound at the crest of the Arsenal Road bridge, but icy conditions caused it to slide into the pathway of the truck traveling eastbound. 

The driver was killed instantly and was pinned in the wreckage. Hayes said it took several hours to extricate him. 

The roadway was shut down while emergency personnel worked at the crash scene, he said. It was cleared and opened by 9:45 a.m. 

The Illinois State Police accident reconstruction team was called in to assist with the investigation, Hayes said. He said early indications of the investigation show weather is one of the main factors of the crash as the conditions of the bridge were icy. 

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