Driver killed after SUV smashes into salt truck, gets hit by another car on Far South Side

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CHICAGO — Chicago police say a person is in custody after an SUV collided with a salt truck, and then was struck from behind by another car, killing the driver of the SUV early Sunday on the Far South Side.

Police say around 1:20 a.m. Sunday, a Chicago Streets and Sanitation salt truck was heading west through an intersection at 130th and Avenue O when a Chevrolet Tahoe heading north through the intersection collided with the truck on the rear driver’s side. While police believe the driver of the SUV likely survived the crash, he was then rear-ended by a Nissan Altima.

The driver of the Chevrolet was pronounced dead at the scene. The 27-year-old male driver and a 28-year-old male passenger of the Nissan Altima were not injured. The salt truck driver was taken to Advocate Trinity Hospital in good condition.

A closer look at the intersection reveals the SUV likely had the right away, since only cars heading east and west—like the city plow truck-- have a stop sign. The Department of Streets and Sanitation did not comment on the crash.

The driver of the Altima was cited for failure to reduce speed, and is now in police custody. Charges are pending for the fatal crash.

Hegewisch residents say cars frequently speed down Avenue O since there’s no light or stop sign,often leading to accidents.

“They don’t’ honor the speed limit. They fly up and down the road. I think it’s posted at 30 miles an hour. I’ve seen cars 50, 60 miles driving through there,” resident Dan Kasprzycki said.


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