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Motorcycle-truck collision on SW Highway snarls commute

Injured rider remains critical

By Jeff Vorva

It could take some time before police will be able to determine what caused an accident on Sept. 17 that shut down a stretch of Southwest Highway between Route 53 and 111th Street for five hours.

Jae Hyun An, 28, whose last address was in Champaign, was driving a motorcycle southbound near 111th Street when he collided with a truck, which was turning northbound onto Southwest Highway at 113th Street at 2:30 p.m., police said. An was unresponsive and was transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. He remained in critical condition Tuesday morning, according to a hospital spokesman.

“ We have no idea who was at fault,” Palos Hills Deputy Police Chief James Boie said. “We believe that before the impact, he dumped his bike. We don’t think he went underneath the truck. He suffered head trauma and was unresponsive.”

Boie could not give a timetable for the results of the investigation.

Boie said that the stretch of the highway between 111th and Route 83 was shut down from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Palos Heights and Palos Hills police were also on the scene.

The accident and reconstruction of the accident caused massive traffic headaches in the area.

“ The traffic problems were compounded because a section of Route 83 is closed because they are working on the Mill Creek bridge,” Palos Park Police Chief Joe Miller said. “Harlem Avenue took a brunt of it as traffic [southbound] was backed up to Summit.”