Semi driver dies in Elgin crash that closed Route 20 for 8 hours

ELGIN, Ill. (WLS) -- An Elgin man died after the semi he was driving struck a light pole on Route 20 in the northwest suburb early Wednesday morning.

Police and firefighters responded to a report of a crash just before 5 a.m. on Route 20 near Nesler Road.

Police said the 34-year-old man driving the truck veered off the road before hitting the light pole and taking down some wires. Chopper 7HD was over the scene around 8:30 a.m. The top of the truck sustained heavy damage.

The driver suffered fatal injuries in the crash, police said. His identity has not yet been released.

Elgin police said Route 20 was closed between Shannon and Longcommon parkways and Nesler was closed between Route 20 and Gansett Parkway for about 8 hours, while the Traffic Unit conducted an investigation.

The cause of the crash has not yet been determined.

Anyone has information pertinent to the investigation should call the Traffic Unit at 847-289-2661.
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