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By Bob Uphues
A 55-year-old Hanover Park man, whose truck flipped after it was broadsided by a minivan at the intersection of 47th Street and East Avenue on July 9, was ticketed, following an investigation into the crash, for not stopping at a stop sign.
According to police, no one was seriously injured in the crash, which happened about 10:55 a.m. The van, driven by a 19-year-old Burr Ridge woman, was westbound on 47th Street when it reportedly struck the northbound pickup truck on the Brookfield side of the intersection.
The pickup truck, which tried to turn away from the oncoming van, rolled over after being hit. In the process, a tire flew out of the bed of the pickup and onto the windshield of a Kia four-door car, driven by a 73-year-old Westchester woman, which was southbound on East Avenue. The tire struck the driver's side of the windshield, shattering it.
A large air compressor also was thrown from the bed of the truck onto the roadway, where it had to be removed by a forklift. The truck belonged to a company called Primo Tire and Road Service.
The pickup truck driver was also ticketed for failure to secure items within the vehicle.
The driver of the minivan reportedly told police her view was obscured by a gravel truck that was traveling next to her westbound on 47th Street.
The gravel truck and the minivan were at the westbound stop sign of the intersection and reportedly started through the intersection at the same time, but the truck stopped short to allow the pickup to pass through. The minivan driver reportedly did not stop and struck the pickup, according to police.
Northbound and southbound traffic was shut down completely on East Avenue as emergency personnel and clean-up crews cleared the scene. Westbound traffic on 47th Street was also shut down.