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updated: 12/18/2013 2:05 PM

Dumped boom lift snarls traffic in Hampshire

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  • A boom lift is lowered onto its wheels Wednesday after it fell from a truck at the intersection of Route 20 and the Jane Addams Tollway entrance ramp in Hampshire. Traffic access to the tollway was limited to vehicles coming from the west while the accident was cleared.

       A boom lift is lowered onto its wheels Wednesday after it fell from a truck at the intersection of Route 20 and the Jane Addams Tollway entrance ramp in Hampshire. Traffic access to the tollway was limited to vehicles coming from the west while the accident was cleared.
    Christopher Hankins | Staff Photographer

  • Towing crew members work to right a boom lift Wednesday morning after it fell from a truck at Route 20 and the Jane Addams Tollway entrance ramp in Hampshire. Traffic was snarled for awhile but the accident caused no injuries, police said.

       Towing crew members work to right a boom lift Wednesday morning after it fell from a truck at Route 20 and the Jane Addams Tollway entrance ramp in Hampshire. Traffic was snarled for awhile but the accident caused no injuries, police said.
    Christopher Hankins | Staff Photographer

 
By Christopher Hankins
chankins@dailyherald.com

Traffic was snarled for an hour Wednesday morning in Hampshire when a boom lift fell from a flatbed truck at Route 20 and the Jane Addams Tollway entrance ramp.

A truck turning onto the ramp from the westbound turn lane of Route 20 lost its load and dumped the boom lift, causing lane restrictions for traffic but resulting in no injuries, according to state police. A towing crew using heavy equipment managed to get the boom lift upright and out of traffic, and access to the tollway was initially limited to vehicles coming from the west on Route 20.

Illinois State Police are conducting the investigation but had no comment at the scene regarding whether the truck driver would be ticketed.

Regular traffic resumed at the intersection by 11 a.m.

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