A 24-year-old Shorewood man was seriously injured Wednesday morning after the motorcycle he was driving struck a commercial vehicle, police said.
Illinois State Police responded about 6 a.m. Wednesday to the scene of a crash involving a motorcycle and commercial motor vehicle east of Richards Street on eastbound Interstate 80 in Joliet, according to a news release from police.
After the Shorewood man’s motorcycle struck the truck, the bike became lodged underneath the semitrailer and caught fire. This caused the semitrailer to catch fire, as well.
The 24-year-old was taken to an area hospital with serious injuries, police said. The 38-year-old Bradley man, who was driving the truck, did not report any injuries.
Police continued to investigate the crash Thursday, and charges were pending.
The fiery crash caused serious delays on both sides of I-80 throughout Wednesday morning.
The family of the motorcyclist, who police identified as Landon Stiles, started a GoFundMe to pay for some of Stiles’ medical bills.
“Landon will do anything for anyone and has literally given someone the shirt off his back,” according to the website. “He’s the first one to offer help when someone is in need. Just two years ago he saved the life of a motorist on I-80 by getting her out of a burning vehicle.”
Stiles reportedly was flown to Loyola University Medical Center in Hines.