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Truck driver dies in roadside incident

FREMONT TOWNSHIP – A truck driver was killed Feb. 20 in a roadside accident involving his vehicle and one driven by a co-worker, police said.

According to a news release, Lake County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of an accident with injuries about 12:40 a.m. on North Fairfield Road north of Route 176 in Freemont Township. When sheriff’s deputies arrived, they found a seriously injured man who had been pinned between two vehicles.

Preliminary investigation showed that two box-style trucks owned by the same refrigeration company had been traveling south on North Fairfield Road. The driver of the front truck, a 47-year-old Elgin man, pulled over to the side of the road to adjust the load in the rear of the truck. The driver of the other truck, a 45-year-old Bloomingdale man, also pulled over to assist, the release stated.

Police said it appears the Bloomingdale man didn’t place his truck in park before exiting to assist his co-worker. His box truck rolled into the Elgin man as he was standing between the two vehicles.

The Elgin man was taken by ambulance to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, where he was pronounced dead, according to the release. The Bloomingdale man was not injured.

The crash remains under investigation by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Technical Crash Investigations Unit, the release stated.

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