Truck Driver Injured, Trapped in Semi-Trailer Truck with Leaking Diesel Fuel on Lake Cook Rd Just East of Schaeffer Rd, Arlington Heights

Semi-Trailer Truck Crash into a Tree at Lake Cook Rd and Schaefer Rd, Arlington Heights

Arlington Heights police and firefighter/paramedics responded about 2:51 PM Friday February 22, 2019 to a report of a semi-trailer truck crash at Lake Cook Road and Schaefer Road Arlington Heights, Il. Police and firefighter/paramedics received a report that a truck crashed through a fence and crashed into a tree. Initially police and firefighter/paramedics received a report that the truck driver was up walking around, but the truck driver was actually pinned in the truck. The truck took out a fence and crashed into a large tree in the backyard of a townhouse.

Engine 4’s crew, on arrival by 2:57 p.m., reported the driver was pinned in, and request Buffalo Grove Tower Ladder 25’s crew for assistance. The patient was difficult to access because of the fence, tree, shrubs and debris surrounding the truck. The truck driver was extricated by 3:08 p.m.

A significant amount of diesel fuel also spilled from the truck — possibly from one of the saddle tanks. There was a very strong, sickening smell of diesel fuel in the neighborhood.

Eastbound Lake Cook Road was shut down during the rescue of the driver, the washdown of diesel fuel, and the recovery of the truck.

A driver of a Honda was stopped by police just before he attempted to drive through police tape (see video).

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