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updated: 5/15/2013 10:02 PM

Driver hurt, traffic snarled after I-290 crash

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  • The westbound lanes of I-290 were closed Wednesday afternoon near the Bensenville-Elmhurst border after a semitrailer truck overturned on an exit ramp and the driver was trapped inside the cab.

      The westbound lanes of I-290 were closed Wednesday afternoon near the Bensenville-Elmhurst border after a semitrailer truck overturned on an exit ramp and the driver was trapped inside the cab.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • A medical helicopter lands Wednesday on I-290 at Route 83 after a semitrailer truck overturned and trapped the driver inside.

      A medical helicopter lands Wednesday on I-290 at Route 83 after a semitrailer truck overturned and trapped the driver inside.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • Traffic came to a standstill Wednesday afternoon on the westbound lanes of I-290 after an accident near Route 83.

      Traffic came to a standstill Wednesday afternoon on the westbound lanes of I-290 after an accident near Route 83.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

 
Daily Herald report

A 73-year-old man was seriously injured Wednesday afternoon when a semitrailer truck he was driving overturned on the ramp from westbound I-290 to Route 83 near Elmhurst, state police said.

The truck driver, John Sfondilis of Elk Grove Village, was trapped inside the cab of the vehicle and had to be extricated by Elmhurst firefighters, authorities said.

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The accident occurred about 12:15 p.m. and all westbound lanes of I-290 were closed to allow a medical helicopter to land. Police said the ramp from westbound I-290 to northbound Route 83 were closed until about 5:30 p.m. to upright the truck.

It took about 30 minutes for Sfondilis to be removed from the truck. Police said a Superior Air Ambulance responded to the scene, but no information was available about where Sfondilis was transported.

An investigation is ongoing, and state police commercial vehicle enforcement officers are inspecting the truck for any load, equipment or driver violations.

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