Traffic Crash At 75th Street And Naper Boulevard Intersection

There has been a vehicle crash Tuesday morning (January 24, 2017) at the intersection of 75th Street and Naper Boulevard in Naperville.  Details on the traffic crash are said to be forthcoming.

This intersection has recently been discussed as one that has planned improvements for traffic safety.  The improvements are meant to improve the safety of the intersection, which has a high volume of traffic and many crashes.

The intersection and its planned improvements are discussed in the January 12, 2017 Naperville Sun article titled “New 75th Street/Naper Blvd. intersection to have second left-hand turn lane, turn arrow.”

Two excerpts from that article:

“There are a fair number of crashes there, and this will help reduce that number,” said Andy Hynes, deputy city engineer for Naperville. “75th Street and Naper Boulevard is pretty regularly in the top crash locations.”


“75th Street is a high-volume, high-speed roadway,” Hynes said. “Drivers have to judge the speed and distance and so on when making a left turn. That leads to some people making mistakes.”

Traffic statistics from the City of Naperville indicate that 42,000 vehicles a day use 75th Street and Naper Boulevard has traffic of 29,000 vehicles a day.

The traffic safety improvements and timeline are discussed in the article.

Details regarding today’s Naperville crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the January 24, 2017 Naperville Sun article titled “Lanes closed after serious crash in Naperville” as well as the January 24 Naperville Patch article titled “Crash Blocking Naper Boulevard in Naperville.”

Series Of Hit & Run Crashes In Villa Park And Lombard In DuPage County

There was a series of hit & run crashes on Sunday (January 22, 2017) involving one driver, who has been charged with DUI.  These DuPage County crashes happened in Villa Park and Lombard.

The driver, identified as Lawrence Sieber, 62, of Glen Ellyn, has been charged with multiple offenses.  An excerpt from the January 23, 2017 Glen Ellyn Patch article titled “Drunken Driver Involved in 4 Crashes, Critically Injures 1“:

In addition to the aggravated DUI charge, Sieber also is charged with leaving the scene of an accident, aggravated fleeing and eluding and aggravated reckless driving. All of the charges are Class 4 felonies.

One of the crashes that happened in Villa Park happened at approximately 4:50 p.m. At that time, according to prosecutors from the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office, Sieber ran through a stop sign at Ardmore and Jackson and his truck “t-boned” another vehicle that was in the intersection.  The other driver was critically injured in the crash, and remains hospitalized.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this series of DuPage County hit & run crashes can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Glen Ellyn Patch article mentioned above, as well as the January 23 article titled “Man charged with DUI in Villa Park hit-and-run crash.”

SUV Crash In Bloomingdale Leads To Death Of Police Officer

There was a fatal car crash Thursday night (January 19, 2017) in Bloomingdale.  The crash led to the death of a Bloomingdale Police Officer.

According to Bloomingdale Police, the accident happened as the officer, identified as Raymond Murrell, 27, was responding to a call regarding a retail theft.

While driving to the call, the police SUV crashed into a light pole.  The accident happened just after 9:30 p.m. on Army Trail Road near Cardinal Avenue.

Murrell had to be extricated from the vehicle, and he was then taken to Adventist GlenOaks Hospital in Glendale Heights for treatment of his accident injuries.  He later died.

The accident remains under investigation.  Weather may have played a role in the cause of the fatal crash.  Rain and occasional fog – both substantial at times – has been present in the Chicago area over the last few days.

An excerpt from the January 20, 2017 article (with video) titled “Bloomingdale police officer killed in crash remembered as ‘shining star’“, referring to Murrell:

He was heading west on Army Trail in an unmarked squad, with his lights on, when witnesses said they saw his SUV hydroplane.

Additional details regarding this fatal DuPage County crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above (with remembrances) as well as the Daily Herald article (with video and remembrances) titled “Bloomingdale officer remembered for his dedication, smile.”

Fatal Naperville Single-Car Crash Remains Under Investigation

There was a fatal single-car crash in Naperville on January 19, 2017.  The accident happened near Ogden Avenue and Route 59.

An excerpt from the Naperville Patch article of January 19, 2017, titled “Man Dies After Car Hits Traffic Signal in Naperville“:

Police said the man was driving a 2015 Kia Optima east on Ogden at around 12:15 p.m. when the vehicle cut across the center median and entered the westbound lanes just east of Route 59. The Kia then continued east in the westbound lanes until it hit a traffic signal pole at the entrance of Fox River Commons Shopping Center, 686 Route 59.

The driver, identified as a 64-year-old man from Bolingbrook later identified as Nathaniel Strong, was extricated from the car, as he was pinned within the vehicle.  He was then taken to Edward Hospital for treatment of his accident injuries, where he later died.

Traffic accident reconstruction and investigation is being handled by the Naperville Police Department’s Traffic Unit.

Those who may have witnessed the crash or otherwise have information concerning it are asked to contact the Naperville Police Department’s Traffic Unit at (630) 305-5379 or email [email protected]

Additional details and possible updates concerning this DuPage County crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Naperville Patch article mentioned above as well as the January 19 Daily Herald article titled “Bolingbrook man dies in one-car crash in Naperville.”

Accidents Caused By Road Hazards Involving Flying Tires And Wheels

“Road hazards” and the dangers they present to drivers are discussed on the “DuPage County Road Hazards” page.  These types of hazards have led to many serious accidents in Illinois as well as nationally.

While many types of road hazards involve items that are sitting on the roadway – or hazards presented by flawed roadway surfaces – another types of hazard is when an item falls off of a vehicle and becomes “airborne,” after which it can hit an oncoming vehicle.

An example of such a road hazard, that seriously injured two people in a SUV, was seen in Colorado on Wednesday, January 11, 2017.  The accident happened when a tire smashed through the windshield of a SUV that was traveling on Interstate 25.  Two people in the SUV were seriously injured.  The tire was lost from a car traveling on I-25, and the tire bounced into oncoming traffic, at which time it struck the SUV.

This accident is further discussed in the January 12, 2017 article (with video and accident scene photo) titled “Loose tire smashes into windshield on I-25” as well as the January 11 CBS Denver article (with accident scene photos) titled “Loose Tire From Crash Smashes Into SUV On I-25.”

A similar type of accident happened in DuPage County on Route 53 in Elk Grove Village in October 14, 2016.  That accident caused a head injury to a driver.

An excerpt from the Daily Herald article of October 14, 2016, titled “Woman injured in crash that stops Route 53 traffic“:

A pickup towing a trailer that was traveling north on Route 53 between Higgins and Biesterfield roads around 6:40 p.m. lost a rear wheel, according to Schaumburg and Elk Grove Village fire officials. The tire crossed into the southbound lanes and hit the woman’s car; she was taken to Alexian Brothers Medical Center with unspecified injuries. The trailer flipped on its side, blocking the northbound lanes.

The October 15 Arlington Cardinal article (“Woman seriously injured…“) says that the tire “hit a 30-year-old woman in the head.”

The driver of the pickup truck was treated at the accident scene.

As seen in an accident scene photo (such as that seen in the article of October 15, titled “1 injured after tire flies off truck, smashes windshield of SUV in northern suburbs“) the damage to the SUV appears to be substantial.

Additional details and possible updates concerning these two accidents caused by loose wheels and flying tires can be seen in the articles mentioned above.

Naperville Three-Vehicle Collision Causes Injuries

There was a multi-vehicle collision in Naperville Tuesday afternoon, January 10, 2017.

The accident involved three vehicles, and occurred at 75 Street and Route 59 in Naperville.

Those injured in the collision included two people from one vehicle and one person from another vehicle.  Those people were taken to Edward Hospital for treatment of their accident injuries, which were considered to be non-life-threatening in nature.

The cause of the accident does not appear to be publicly disclosed at this time.

Additional details regarding this DuPage County crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the January 10, 2017 Daily Herald article titled “Naperville crash sends 3 to hospital” as well as the January 11 Naperville Patch article titled “Three Sent to Hospital After Naperville Crash.”

Naperville Traffic Accidents On January 9, 2017 Due To Weather

Naperville experienced several traffic accidents on Monday afternoon (January 9, 2017) which are being attributed to weather and driving conditions.  Varying amounts of snow fell on the Chicago area in the late afternoon, causing hazardous driving conditions and traffic accidents in some areas.

The Naperville Sun article of January 10, 2017, titled “Snow at rush hour stymied plows, led to 8 crashes, official says,” discusses the roadway conditions and the eight Naperville traffic accidents.  No accident injuries were reported in the crashes.

The article does mention the existence of “black ice” on some roads.  For those unaware, “black ice” is a thin coating of clear ice that forms over a roadway.  It creates a very slippery condition that is especially hazardous as it can be very difficult to see, especially at night.  If a vehicle goes over “black ice,” often a loss of vehicle control occurs.

“Black ice” is the cause of many serious accidents and accident injuries.  Due to the speeds involved, “black ice” that forms on highways and expressways is particularly problematical.

Rollover Accident Involving Naperville Fire Department Ambulance

There was a traffic collision involving a vehicle rollover early Tuesday morning (January 3, 2017) in Naperville.  The crash involved a Naperville Fire Department ambulance and a car.

The crash is discussed in a number of sources, including the Positively Naperville article of January 3, 2017, titled “Police investigate serious traffic crash near Ogden at Aurora avenues.”  As seen in that article, preliminary crash investigation information indicates that the crash happened at approximately 3:27 a.m., as an ambulance was traveling westbound at Aurora Avenue and the driver of a 1998 Toyota Camry was driving northbound at Ogden Avenue.  A collision occurred between the two vehicles near Ogden Avenue and Aurora Avenue.

As a result of the collision, the ambulance rolled over and the Camry went off of the roadway and into a nearby auto dealership’s parking lot.

Both of the Naperville Fire Department personnel in the ambulance, as well as the 52-year-old female driver of the Camry, were taken to Edward Hospital in Naperville for treatment of accident injuries.

This rollover accident remains under investigation by the Naperville Police Department’s Traffic Unit.  Those who may have witnessed the crash can aid the crash reconstruction efforts by contacting the Naperville Police Department’s Traffic Unit at (630) 305-5379 or email [email protected]

Additional details regarding this DuPage County collision can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Positively Naperville article mentioned above as well as the January 3 Naperville Sun article titled “2 paramedics, woman injured in Naperville car-ambulance crash.”