Plainfield Man Charged With DUI, Seriously Injured in I-55 Accident

The crash shut down Interstate 55 in both directions Tuesday night.

A 24-year-old Plainfield resident was airlifted to the hospital and charged with driving under the influence after a crash on Interstate 55 near Shorewood closed all lanes of the highway for a period Tuesday night.

The crash happened at 10:25 p.m. on Interstate 55 South, a half-mile north of Route 52, Illinois State Police Master Sergeant Bill Fuentes said. A passenger car rear-ended a tractor-trailer, then struck the center median.

Elijah D. Amant, 24, of Plainfield, remained in critical condition Wednesday afternoon at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, where he was airlifted Tuesday night.

The driver of the tractor-trailer was taken to Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center. His name and condition were not available.

State Police said there was initially a small engine fire in one of the vehicles, but that it had extinguished by the time firefighters arrived.

"There was no fire when we got there," Troy Fire Protection District Chief Steve Engledow said. "It was out when we got there. ... When we got there it was a definite pin-in with heavy extrication."

Plainfield Fire Protection District and Troy Fire Protection District both responded to the crash.

Amant was charged with DUI and additional charges could be pending, police said.

All lanes of I-55, both northbound and southbound, were blocked while fire and police personnel responded to the crash. Officials could not say what time the interstate reopened.

Karen Thacker February 17, 2012 at 02:57 AM
Dawn..... May peace & love be with all of you. Who cares who these idiots are on here saying stuff. They have not walked a mile in Eli's shoes. Hoping for the best Xoxo
Heartley February 17, 2012 at 03:42 AM
I agree too, thank you mom
Heartley February 17, 2012 at 03:43 AM
thank you
Pam O February 17, 2012 at 04:46 AM
Thank you, God be with you all!
Don February 17, 2012 at 12:24 PM
Wow!!! Where are all the adults? I searched for this accident online because I helped put the engine fire out and I wanted to know if the guy in the car was ok. I never expected this kind of "discussion". It's good to know he's out of the hospital and God help him learn a lesson from this. Thankfully no-one else was hurt, so why argue about what might have been? Might I add that calling someone an idiot isn't passing judgement...if you're going off what Scripture says then we are not to judge a person's worth. Name calling doesn't fit that bill. I called him and idiot or worse when I was doing 70 and he flew past me like I was standing still. Also, prison time, or the threat of it, really doesn't stop anyone from doing anything so, tho I'm sure he's going to get at least jail time, fines and AA or whatever, it's up to him to take that time to change for better or worse. Thanks to the truck driver who helped with the fire, thanks to the guy that used the u-bolt to break out the window and get into the car, and thanks to those who helped keep the guy breathing. Everyone did what common decency calls for and that gives me some small hope for this seemingly more and more God-forsaken country of ours.
Infamous Steve February 17, 2012 at 04:09 PM
First off NO I didn't go out to have some drinks. I was on my way home from work when this moron decided to do what he did{well leave it at that}. Second I will say a prayer for nobody as I am a athiest. It's quite funny tho how everyone is giving excuses for what he did, and then offer up prayers. Drunken Fool is right too send these drunk drivers to jail, let em get a little POKE N' STROKE and feel the pain they caused everyone including thier family. But no someone else is always at fault for the "mistake" he made. So sick of drunk drivers and the people that stand up for them.
Infamous Steve February 17, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Hey this is what happens when people's business is put out there in front of the public. This is not the first story of its kind. If you don't want people talking about someone you know or are related to then don't let them end up in the public eye. PLEASE,PLEASE, NO MORE COMMENTS! Give me a break.
Infamous Steve February 17, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Nobody is forcing anyone to read any of this. Each and every person on here has made the desicion to come to the Patch and read whats on there. If you don't like the comments choose not to read them...it is as easy as that people.
jina zelinski February 17, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Wow, what a bunch of morons, all of you! Drinking and driving is the worst thing someone can do, and enabling it makes it that much worser. What if somebody else had been injured....jeesh you all make it sound like its okay.
Nina February 17, 2012 at 07:18 PM
Obviously its not ok but he's hanging on for his life right now.. Everyone needs to get over it bc clearly he's paying for what he did.
drunken fool February 17, 2012 at 07:21 PM
dawn says Eli is a gift? a gift of what? drunkeness stupidy??
drunken fool February 17, 2012 at 07:33 PM
Eli will never walk a mile in anyones shoes ever again. He is paying for his crime in every sense of the word.
drunken fool February 17, 2012 at 07:35 PM
EXACTLY!!!!!!!! These people are saying poor eli poor eli.....No way! He was a fool for getting behind the wheel of that car. A cripple for life does not excuse his irresponsible behavior! what he did was NOT ok
drunken fool February 17, 2012 at 07:42 PM
"WE" need to heal??? since when is it everyones blame that he got into that car and was an idiot? I do feel bad for mary. She now has to admit to having 2 idiot kids. At least her other son is not following in his brothers place
drunken fool February 17, 2012 at 07:45 PM
I agree. We should do what MOO (funny isnt it that people call you cow) says and keep Elis name out of our mouths. Nikki couldnt keep him out of hers. what goes aorund comes around right MOOOOOOOO? Besides. I think we all should do what Eli will be doing....nothing will be coming out of his mouth but drool.
dawn February 17, 2012 at 08:02 PM
to drunken fool! Call me and my daughter white trash I dont care bc you will pay the price when your day comes. You are the looser and one day when we meet face to face i'll laugh. I 'll pray for you because I really feel sorry for your parents having a child like you. Please dont call me Dawn to you Im Mrs. zabransky. {White Trash} and proud of it............how can i be white trash when im not afraid to stand face to face to ur disgusting mouth ur such a small person with you think you can talk the talk but you cant walk the walk. I actually just found out who u are. We talk soon.
Pam O February 17, 2012 at 09:46 PM
A lot of immaturity here! Inciting violence... what next... please stop threatening people. DF... Grow up, personal attacks are not necessary!
Nina February 17, 2012 at 09:53 PM
^Lol Yea sure am as he's making fun of someone being a vegetable for the rest of their life
Cath February 18, 2012 at 01:20 AM
WOW!! I just read all the comments and it's heart breaking that some people are SO heartless. Mr Drunken Fool, no one is perfect and God gave the word FORGIVENESS for everyone to use when we've made a mistake. Wether it's small or big!! Eli is my niece's boyfriend' best friend!! Along with Mookey and others. Just becuz he made a big mistake gives you NO right to attack and be SO harsh toward Eli and his family. God help you!!! You are VERY heartless. And to call Chris's family white trash, HEARTLESS!!! If you don't have anything nice to say, DON'T say anything at all!!! My heart and prayers go out to Eli and his family!! Thank God no one else got hurt. Mr Drunken Fool, my husband and two son's are U.S. Marines, I, too, take offense to you putting down our Country!!! One more thing, you're SO mouthie about drinking and driving??? Well you call yourself a Drunkin Fool, that tells me you like to drink and have also drove with alcohol in your system. So DON'T be so crital, Fool!!!
Nina February 18, 2012 at 03:48 AM
Well my comment was removed but I'll say it again.. Clearly drunken fool is some sort of police.. Paramedics or fireman to know details about eli and the truck driver.. And then to know such details about mookey and Chris.. So figure it out who it is!!
Skb February 18, 2012 at 03:52 PM
Wow what a bunch of fools.every single one of you.from the drunk to steve to the mom brother sister.
Haiku February 18, 2012 at 06:13 PM
I wonder who the first to pick up a chair will be. Jerry! Jerry!
Infamous Steve February 18, 2012 at 07:41 PM
Jerry! Jerry! Jerry! I want my Jerry beads.....(.)(.).......WWWOOOOOO!!!!! LMFAO
SnotNosedTommy February 19, 2012 at 12:31 AM
This looks familiar http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20120215/news/702159679/
joshua c February 23, 2012 at 12:36 AM
We were the 4 kids from shorewood that saw it happened and were on the median putting the fire out. 20 seconds before he wrecked this moron FLEWWWWWWWWWWW by us going 70 mph, and it was like we were standing still, and we said theres no way this guy is making the turn and sure enough he wrecked. and luckily noone was killed due to him being stupidity. picture of us and his car.....http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=3361010744481&set=a.3360756938136.2161976.1245427418&type=3&theater.
joshua c February 23, 2012 at 12:38 AM
Luke March 09, 2012 at 10:40 PM
My sister just told me about this, Hope Eli heals up and I'm glad he survived. Best of luck to him and his family/friends.
Logan March 27, 2013 at 07:17 AM
None of you know Eli personally so stop judging him, I know he messed up we've all made really stupid mistakes in our lives, so give him a break and stop judging him
Logan March 27, 2013 at 07:17 AM
None of you know Eli personally so stop judging him, I know he messed up we've all made really stupid mistakes in our lives, so give him a break and stop judging him
Logan March 27, 2013 at 07:19 AM
Skb your really rude you don't even know what my family is like


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