On January 27, 2014, about 9:20 p.m. central standard time, a 2004 Freightliner truck-tractor semitrailer, operated by the motor carrier DND International Inc., collided with stopped vehicles that were providing assistance to a disabled 2000 Volvo truck-tractor semitrailer, operated by the motor carrier Michael’s Cartage Inc., in the right lane of eastbound Interstate 88 (I-88), at milepost 122 near Naperville, Illinois. A flare line separated traffic from the response area containing the stopped vehicles. The responding Highway Emergency Lane Patrol (HELP) truck was using an active yellow arrow board to direct traffic away from the area, and the responding police patrol car had activated its flashing blue and red lights. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) classified both of the carriers involved in this crash as high-risk carriers, meaning that their ratings in the Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories (BASICs), which the agency uses to assess carrier safety, were above certain established threshold levels.
As a result of the collision, an Illinois State Toll Highway Authority worker operating the HELP truck died. An Illinois State Police trooper was seriously injured in a postcrash fire that completely consumed his patrol car, and the driver of the Freightliner combination vehicle was seriously injured. The driver of the disabled Volvo combination vehicle, who was sitting in the right front seat of the HELP truck when the crash occurred, received minor injuries.