LEMONT, Ill. – Illinois State Police are investigating after an 18-wheeler’s trailer lost its tandem axles Tuesday along Interstate 55.
Police said the incident happened at around 10:30 a.m.
The driver, who wasn’t named, was able to maneuver his rig and the wheel-less trailer to the side of the road safely; however, the axles, which still had all of its eight wheels attached, struck an unloaded school bus. No serious injuries were reported.
It’s unknown why the trailer lost its axles.
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Trailer loses axle assembly on I-55 in IllinoisComment
That nearly happened to me in California many years ago. I was parked at a customer’s dock for the night. A homeless bum asked me for $10.00 and I told him no. The next morning I got up and walked around the trailer and didn’t notice the slide hand wasn’t latched. I pulled away from the dock and had to stop in the lot. The tandems slid to the rear and jumped out of the holding flanges. It took about a half hour to get the tandems reattached. Lesson learned on my part. Never trust a bum, and double check all disconnect points before moving 20 feet.
I wonder if the bum is now living in Illinois?