Will County Coroner Laurie Summers on Friday, January 21, 2022 @ 11:30 p.m. reporting the death of Timothy Thomason, a 36-year-old resident of Gardner, who was pronounced deceased at 1:59 p.m. on Friday, January 21, 2022 on I-55 North bound at mile marker 244 in Elwood. Mr. Thomason was reportedly driving northbound on I-55 when he struck the rear of a semi tractor-trailer that was stopped on the highway. The Illinois State Police District 5 are investigating the incident. An autopsy has been scheduled for Saturday, January 22, 2022. The final cause and manner of death will be determined at a later date pending police, autopsy and toxicology reports.
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A 36-year-old man from Gardner was killed after he ran into the back of a semi, closing a second stretch of a busy stretch of interstate in our area. The crash happened just after 11:45 Friday morning around the northbound Interstate 55 Arsenal Rd overpass. Once crews arrived on scene less than 10 minutes after the crash happened, all lanes were immediately closed for investigation and cleanup. It’s unclear if the semi was stopped at the time. All lanes were opened around 3:45pm.