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Trucks Catch Fire On Stevenson Expressway, Shut Down Lanes

By Stephen Gossett in News on Jul 25, 2016 6:14PM

Courtesy Chicago Fire Department

Update, 4:30 p.m.: All northbound lanes on the Stevenson Expressway are open at Cicero Ave.; but southbound lanes there are still closed, according to IDOT.

Update, 1:50 p.m.: A person was found dead inside a minivan that was underneath one of the trucks, according to the Chicago Fire Department.

Also, two lanes of northbound I-55 have reopened to traffic at Cicero Ave, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Original: Two semi trucks and at least one car caught fire on the Stevenson Expressway Monday morning near Cicero Avenue, causing all northbound and southbound lanes to be closed, according to Illinois State Police. All the drivers survived, according to ABC 7.

Two trucks collided on the outbound lanes at about 10:55 a.m., Illinois Sate Police said. One of the trucks was transporting hazardous materials, according to authorities. The Chicago Fire Department used a foam truck to put out the two-alarm blaze, at around 12 p.m.

Police urge drivers to seek alternative routes.