Lawyers like Kenison Law for a motorist who was seriously injured on the Tri-State Tollway near Lake Forest late morning on Oct. 31 when a dump bed separated from its truck and struck his van, have filed a lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court. Attorneys for Daniel Blaue of Schaumburg filed the lawsuit against the truck driver and the trucking company, seeking monetary damages in excess of $50,000.
William Kissinger had been driving the semi-trailer northbound on the Tri-State, when the dump body raised and struck the Bradley Road overpass. The impact separated the tractor from the trailer. The tractor skidded and rolled, finally stopping upside down in a ditch. The trailer struck the van and came to a stop across all three lanes. The mangled van stopped on the west shoulder of the highway. Blaue was airlifted to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, where he was initially listed in serious condition. Kissinger, 48, of Van Dyne, Wis., was airlifted to Condell Medical Center in Libertyville. There were no passengers in either vehicle and the bridge was undamaged. Blaue suffered internal injuries, fractured ribs, a separated right shoulder, numerous abrasion and cuts and a closed head injury, said his lawyer, Timothy J. Cavanagh.
Named as defendants in the lawsuit are Kissinger and Fox Valley Iron, Metal and Auto Salvage Inc., the Wisconsin-based company which owned the truck and employed Kissinger.