Photo from Grundy Sheriff's Office

Photos from Grundy Sheriff's Office and Jim Harsh

The Illinois State Police has released information regarding four crashes that occurred on Interstate 80 just west of Brisbin Road on May 22nd.  ISP officials say they responded to a traffic crash at the aforementioned location at 10:07 p.m. A White Toyota Paseo was traveling on Interstate 80 westbound in the left lane. A White Toyota Prius was traveling in the same direction in the right lane. The driver of the Paseo crossed over the lane markings and struck the left rear driver side of the Prius, which ended up in the ditch. The driver of Paseo fled the scene as that vehicle was left abandoned partially in the right lane as well as the right shoulder without hazard lights activated. There were no injuries reported as a result of this crash.

Nearly 30 minutes later, a Gray Chevrolet Traverse was traveling on Interstate 80 westbound in the right lane when they struck the rear end of the abandoned Paseo from the first accident. As a result of that collision, the Traverse traveled across all lanes of traffic before going into the center ditch, while the Paseo also went into the ditch. The driver of Traverse was transported to a local area hospital with minor injuries.

At 11:16 p.m., the Illinois State Police said a Red GMC Tow Truck was stationary on the left shoulder with the emergency lights activated towing a vehicle from one of the previous crashes on Interstate 80 westbound west of Brisbin Road. That is when a White Volvo Truck Tractor Semi Trailer was traveling eastbound in the left lane struck the front passenger side of the red tow truck. As a result of the collision, the semi truck drove into the median causing the trailer to overturn. The semi trailer became detached and came to rest on its side facing northeast across both westbound lanes. The Truck Tractor came to a rest upright facing eastbound in the left westbound lane. The driver of semi-truck was transported to a local area hospital with minor injuries. The driver of the tow truck was not injured.

After the third incident, the Illinois State Police said all westbound lanes of traffic were closed for crash investigations and traffic was being diverted off the roadway onto Brisbin Road. A fully marked Minooka Police Department vehicle was stopped with the emergency lights activated, assisting ISP Troopers with the lane closures. ISP officials said a White Nissan Rouge driven by Sahar Abdulla, 22, of Orland Park failed to yield to the police vehicle and continued to drive through the scene of the previous motor vehicle crashes.

While traveling through the crash site, Abdulla struck four tow truck operators (there were a total of eight tow truck operators assisting with the previous crash), who were working on the roadway as a result of the previous crashes. Abdulla continued traveling through the crash site with one of the tow truck operators on the front hood. The Illinois State Police said Abdulla allegedly passed multiple tow trucks on the scene all with their emergency lights activated. That is when a White GMC Street Sweeper assisting with the debris cleanup was traveling westbound at the same location and attempted to make a U-Turn in order to go eastbound when the front end of Abdulla’s vehicle, struck the front driver’s side of the street sweeper. After the collision with the street sweeper, the tow truck operator who remained on the front hood of her vehicle came to rest in the center median.

The tow truck operator was transported to a local area hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Abdulla and the other remaining tow truck operators were not injured. Abdulla was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Drugs, Failure to Yield to a Stationary Emergency Vehicle Causing Injury, Improper Lane Usage, Illegal Transportation of Cannabis, and eight counts of Reckless Conduct. Abdulla remains in the Grundy County Jail on a $50,000 bond. The Illinois State Police said no other information was released. More details could be released in the future.