Man struck by Ike overpass after climbing onto semi

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

The Illinois State Police have confirmed that a man climbed onto a box truck on the westbound I-290 near Austin Boulevard and was struck by the overpass on July 3.

Illinois State Police received calls at about 4:45 p.m. about the man, who was reportedly walking in lanes of traffic on the highway.

Sergeant Delila Garcia, a public information officer with the state police, said in an email that a state trooper arrived on the scene and discovered the man lying on top of a box truck with his head and arm hanging over the edge.

Garcia said in the email that the man climbed up onto the top of the box truck. The driver called police and continued to drive slowly in traffic.

The driver passed under the Austin Boulevard viaduct and the man was stuck by the overpass. A second driver flagged down the truck driver and both pulled over. The man was transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to state police.

No additional information was available.

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Alan Peres  

Posted: July 10th, 2019 4:12 PM

Sorry headline writer but the overpass did not strike the man. Not unless the overpass can move. The man hit the overpass while on the truck.

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