Motorcyclist Dies Following Crash On Interstate 55 Ramp

There was a fatal motorcycle accident Sunday evening (May 22, 2016) on the ramp from Arsenal Road to northbound Interstate 55 (I-55) in Channahon Township.

Details on the accident appear somewhat limited, especially details as to why the fatal crash happened.

According to the Will County Coroner’s Office and Illinois State Police, the accident happened at 6:37 p.m. as a motorcyclist was riding on the Arsenal Road ramp to northbound I-55.  At that time, the motorcycle struck a semi truck’s trailer.

The motorcyclist was identified as Melvin H. Weidner, 74, of New Lenox.  He was pronounced dead at the accident scene at 8:35 p.m., according to the Will County Coroner’s Office.

The Illinois State Police say that Weidner was wearing a motorcycle helmet at the time of the accident.   The accident remains under investigation.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Illinois motorcycle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources including the May 23, 2016 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Motorcyclist killed in Channahon Township crash” as well as the May 23 The Herald-News article titled “New Lenox man dies in Channahon motorcycle crash” and the May 23 Joliet Patch article titled “Motorcyclist Dead After Hitting Semi.”


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