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Semitruck crashes, rolls over at Peace Road and Lincoln Highway

DeKALB – A semitruck crashed and rolled over early Wednesday just north of the intersection of Peace Road and Lincoln Highway in DeKalb.

The one-vehicle crash happened at 5:03 a.m., DeKalb Police Commander Steve Lekkas said.

Laurentino Lopez, 49, was hauling a payload of lumber to Menards in Sycamore when his truck went off the right side of the northbound lanes, just north of the intersection of Peace and Lincoln Highway, Lekkas said. Lopez sustained non-life threatening injuries and was taken by ambulance to Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital for treatment.

“The semitruck lost control and rolled over,” Lekkas said. “It was northbound and lost control. It came to a rest north of the intersection. He lost a load of logs that were headed for Menards.”

Lekkas said he didn’t know how fast Lopez was driving.

“I don’t know the exact cause,” he said. “Obviously, too fast for the conditions. The truck overturning makes me believe some speed was involved.”

Lekkas said a report on the crash would be available later Wednesday.

Lekkas said the crash caused police to block traffic in either direction on Peace for at least two hours during the morning rush hour. He said it took time to get the equipment to clear the lumber off the road.

The truck has to be flipped upright.

“It’s a huge disruption,” Lekkas said about the crash. “Lumber was all over the place,” he added.

Lekkas said he hoped the crash was a reminder to drivers to keep the weather in mind when on the roads.

“When the snow falls, you’ve got to be more careful driving,” Lekkas said. “Drivers need to slow down and make sure they’re not driving too fast for the conditions. It’s frustrating. It seems like everybody goes through it every year.”

Lekkas said it doesn’t matter what type of car someone drives and they should prepare for the ice and any wet street conditions.

“It’s the Midwest,” he said. “There’s going to be changes in seasons. Trucks and 4-wheel drive cars don’t mean 4-wheel stop.”

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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