Police: Hostage situation over on Bishop Ford

December 16, 2010 7:26:41 AM PST
A trucker who was driving a stolen semi was taken to a hospital after he threatened suicide on the southbound Bishop Ford Freeway Thursday, according to Illinois State Police.

The incident began at 7:22 a.m. on the southbound Bishop Ford at Wentworth Avenue, according to Illinois State Police District Chicago Trooper Elizabeth Nanai.

A trucker was driving a stolen truck and the owner of the truck began following it, while inside another vehicle. A trooper was able to stop the semi but as the trooper approached, he saw the trucker put a knife to his throat, according to Nanai.

The trucker gave himself up at 8:12 a.m. and was taken to Jackson Park Hospital, according to the trooper.

Traffic had initially been blocked near the incident but motorists were able to get through by about 8:30 a.m., according to Nanai.

At 7:30 a.m. fire personnel transported someone to Jackson Park Hospital in good condition, according to Fire Media Affairs spokesman Richard Rosado. Rosado said the crews responded to the southbound Bishop Ford at I-57.

Nanai said there were no reports of a truck that hit any light poles, correcting earlier information reported.

Police News Affairs Officer Darryl Baety said hostage negotiators had initially responded to the scene and the suspect who had threatened suicide was in custody.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire - Copyright Chicago Sun-Times 2010.)


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