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Accident Report Detail

Commercial Truck Collision with Stopped Vehicles on Interstate 88, Naperville, Illinois, January 27, 2014

Executive Summary

​On January 27, 2014, about 9:20 p.m. central standard time, a 2004 Freightliner truck-tractor semitrailer, operated by the motor carrier DND International Inc., collided with stopped vehicles that were providing assistance to a disabled 2000 Volvo truck-tractor semitrailer, operated by the motor carrier Michael’s Cartage Inc., in the right lane of eastbound Interstate 88 (I-88), at milepost 122 near Naperville, Illinois. A flare line separated traffic from the response area containing the stopped vehicles. The responding Highway Emergency Lane Patrol (HELP) truck was using an active yellow arrow board to direct traffic away from the area, and the responding police patrol car had activated its flashing blue and red lights. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) classified both of the carriers involved in this crash as high-risk carriers, meaning that their ratings in the Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories (BASICs), which the agency uses to assess carrier safety, were above certain established threshold levels.

As a result of the collision, an Illinois State Toll Highway Authority worker operating the HELP truck died. An Illinois State Police trooper was seriously injured in a postcrash fire that completely consumed his patrol car, and the driver of the Freightliner combination vehicle was seriously injured. The driver of the disabled Volvo combination vehicle, who was sitting in the right front seat of the HELP truck when the crash occurred, received minor injuries.

Probable Cause

​The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the Naperville, Illinois, crash was the DND International Inc. driver’s delayed response to the stopped vehicles ahead of him in the roadway because he was fatigued due to inadequate sleep. Contributing to the circumstances that resulted in the crash was the failure of DND International Inc. to ensure that its driver adhered to federal hours-of-service regulations. Also contributing to the crash was inadequate safety oversight by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Accident Location: Naperville , IL USA  
Accident Date: 1/27/2014
Accident ID: HWY14FH002

Date Adopted: 2/9/2016
NTSB Number: HAR1601SUM
NTIS Number: PB2016-101907