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Truck veers off road near Campton Hills

Published: Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT
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(Jennifer Winder – jwinder@shawmedia.com)
A semitrailer at Burlington and Corron roads near Campton Hills reportedly drove off the road about 4 a.m. Wednesday.

CAMPTON HILLS – No one was injured in a single-vehicle crash that occurred early Wednesday morning at the intersection of Corron and Burlington roads near Campton Hills.

Campton Hills Police Sgt. Robert Reichardt said the incident occurred shortly before 4 a.m. He said a semitrailer driver was heading south on Burlington Road and was approaching Corron Road when the light at the intersection started to change.

The driver applied his brakes, and the truck began to skid, Reichardt said.

The truck struck and damaged a traffic control box, knocking out power to all the traffic lights at that intersection.

Stop signs were temporarily placed at the intersection until the lights were working again.

Firefighters were called to the scene shortly after the crash to put out a fire, which Reichardt said lasted a short time, but flames reached about 15 feet high.

No other vehicles were involved, but a witness saw the crash happen while stopped at the intersection, Reichardt said. Fuel spilled onto the roadway, and a HAZMAT team was called out to help clean the area and keep the fuel from leaking into a nearby creek, he said.

The trucking company, Sunset Garbage Collection, has its own cleanup crew and was expected to help clear the scene, Reichardt said.

The driver of the semitrailer, Jan Matys, 63, of Glendale Heights was cited for failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

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