Driver jumps out of city truck before it plunges into Lake Michigan

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Officials say icy conditions caused a City of Chicago maintenance truck to slide into Lake Michigan on Chicago's Near North Side.

It happened near Oak Street beach at 1000 N. Lake Shore Drive Friday morning.

Officials say the ice on the beach platform and bike trail caused the truck to slide into the lake. The truck driver managed to jump out of the truck before it went in.

The driver of the maintenance truck is doing OK but was taken to an area hospital as a precaution.

Authorities say they will resume locating the truck Saturday when the weather is a little warmer.

This is a developing story. Check back for details.

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5 comments

  • Tax $ @ Work

    Wow, “let us let that truck sit submerged until it gets warmer tommorow”. WTF
    Hey if that truck dumps gasoline, anti freeze, oil or whatever no big deal Rahm, right?
    Why was that driver driving on the bike path to begain with? That was never mentioned, I am sure the driver who now probably is on work comp for this is just doing their job. What an idiot, drive in below freezing weather on a concrete unheated bike path adjacent to Lake Michigan, No Brains.
    But hey I like a little gasoline in my coffee in the morning.

    • Larry

      You DO realize that gasoline, anti freeze, and oil are in SEALED tanks, right? Have you never worked on a car before? Better open your hood and take a look. Staying underwater for a few days is NOT going to rust-out the tanks and cause a leak. Sigh.

  • KW

    This was my friends father who was trying to help 2 women he thought were in trouble. Maybe you should try finding out the whole story, instead of just the little bit you read above, before making insensitive comments like that!

  • BM

    Truth is, the park district employee actually took action instead of just watching and actually went to go help someone that had fell and slid on the ice and came within about 3 feet of the edge. This individual then got up and started to leave when he/she fell again. This is when the employee went to help. I would like to say “Nice Job” to the employee for putting our city in a good light and helping out a stranger in need.
    Tax $ @ work………you really are a douche, your probably one of those people that sit on the sidelines and never take action.