Trucker Suffers Injuries While Helping Swift Driver Attempt to Park at Truck Stop
Morris, IL – A Florida trucker was struck and injured as he was attempting to help a driver back into a spot at a truck stop in Illinois this week.
A police report sent to Transportation Nation Network (TNN) by the Morris Police Department (MPD) reveals the incident occurred on Wednesday at the TravelCenters of America (TA), located at 21 Romines Drive.
MPD officer Sarah Smith was dispatched to the back parking lot of the TA around 10:40 p.m.
Upon arrival, Officer Smith found 38-year-old Aleksander Stojanovski, of Fort Lauderdale, FL, laying between two big rigs and bleeding from his head and leg.
Officer Smith said Stojanovski was conscious and breathing at the time of her arrival.
MPD provided a diagram of the scene below.
Witnesses to the incident told MPD investigators Stojanovski was staying overnight at the TA and “had been helping people back into their spots all night long.”
One witness, Milana Vukelich, of Coral Springs, FL, told Officer Smith that 23-year-old Swift Transportation driver, Reid Hahn, of Castlerock, CO, was “having trouble” backing into his spot, and Stojanovski was attempting to assist.
As Hahn was backing up, Stojanovski noticed he was going to hit a parked truck.
At that point, the witness said Stojanovski “tried to run behind Hahn’s trailer to signal to him to stop backing up.”
Stojanovski was then pinned between the 2014 Hyundai trailer that Hahn was pulling and a parked 2019 Freightliner, occupied by another Swift driver, Brian Hammond, 59, of Marshfield, WI.
Vukelich told authorities she ran to the front of Hahn’s truck and told him to move forward.
According to Hammond, he felt his truck move upon impact and exited the vehicle to see what had happened.
He observed Stojanovski on the ground and injured, in front of his truck.
Hammond reported no damage to his Freightliner.
Stojanovski was treated by paramedics on-scene before being transported to an area hospital.
After Stojanovski left the scene, Officer Smith located his wallet and cross necklace, which he had lost during the collision.
She returned his belongings to Morris Hospital, but did not provide an update on Stojanovski’s condition.
MPD did not specify if Hahn was cited in the incident.
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