Police: Semi-tractor trailer jackknifed to avoid more serious crash

Published: Friday, Dec. 13, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Dec. 13, 2013 6:07 a.m. CDT

CAMPTON HILLS – Witnesses say the driver of a semi-tractor trailer avoided a more serious crash this morning when he jackknifed his truck in order to miss a line of cars waiting behind a school bus, according to police.

Campton Hills Police Chief Dan Hoffman said the truck driver was heading south on Burlington Road about 7:30 a.m. when the driver went over a hill and approached the line of cars waiting for a stopped school bus near Kings Mill Drive.

Hoffman said the truck driver did not have time to stop, so he instead went over the crest of the road and jackknifed the truck.

“Several drivers praised this guy,” Hoffman said. “Rather than striking cars, he went and jackknifed.”

No one was injured in the accident.

Hoffman said a St. Charles school bus had likely been stopped longer than usual because students were probably waiting indoors instead of outside because of the cold weather. He said he spoke to the bus driver, who was very cooperative, about ways to avoid that type of backup in the future near that intersection.