High winds send trucks off roadway on Interstate 88

Published: Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 11:36 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 11:40 a.m. CDT
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(Sandy Bressner – sbressner@shawmedia.com)
Emergency personnel responded to an incident involving a semitruck near I-88 and Route 47 in Sugar Grove on Friday morning.

SUGAR GROVE – Three individual incidents sent semitrucks off the roadway early Friday on Interstate 88, near Route 47 in Sugar Grove. An official from the Illinois State Police said there was one minor injury, but nobody was taken to a hospital.

Capt. Patrick Kimes from the state police said the incidents took place starting at 6:51 a.m., west of Route 47. He said strong winds likely contributed to the incidents. A wind advisory was in effect in the area, with the National Weather Service warning of sustained winds of 30 to 39 mph, with gusts between 45 and 57 mph.

Kimes said the incidents were unrelated, but they took place at about the same time in the same general area.

"It was the high winds and the gusts, which can catch individuals off guard," he said.

One vehicle, which he described as a "truck tractor double bottom" was heading east  on the interstate when it ended up in a ditch on the side of the road. Another vehicle was traveling west at about the same time when it, too, went off the road. He described a third incident as minor, involving a smaller truck.

Kimes said the driver of one of the trucks complained of pain but was not hospitalized.