Trucker dies on I-74 near Oakwood

Trucker dies on I-74 near Oakwood

UPDATED 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

OAKWOOD — Preliminary autopsy results show a truck driver suffered a fatal heart attack  early Thursday on Interstate 74 just east of Oakwood.

A release from the Illinois State Police at Pesotum said Michael Kronkow, 51, of Taylorville, was driving west on I-74 in the driving lane about 4:30 a.m. when his tractor-trailer truck left the road.

Police said the truck went up the embankment and back down toward the roadway in the grassy area north of the road.

Mr. Kronkow was unresponsive when help arrived. He was taken to Provena United Samaritans Medical Center in Danville, where he was pronounced dead.

He was wearing a seat belt and remained in the semi.

Vermilion County Coroner Peggy Johnson said that while toxicology results are pending, the preliminary autopsy results showed Mr. Kronkow died of a massive heart attack. 

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sahuoy wrote on July 26, 2012 at 11:07 am

Truck driving causes a great deal of stress and anxiety. The work, lifestyle, lack of proper diet, exercise and rest all contribute to declining health. Researching, I've found the vast majority of truck drivers die in their middle 50's. Like anything, there is a small percentage of drivers that exceed the average and continue driving and living beyond their middle 50's but they are a small percentage. This occupation causes more financial problems than it could ever possibly pay for. Between being gone from home and family and paying for the problems cause by your absence to paying for help to resolve the problems caused by your family's absence. Truck driving is a very unhealthy occupation. Fumes from diesel, noise, hot summers, icy winters, on and on. Average Joe says you make a big pay check but average Joe has never driven a truck and has no clue what it takes to make it all work. The truck driver is the rubber band that stretches to connect all the shipping, receiving, maintenance, fueling, bad weather, accidents, construction, etc. no sleep, no rest, no food, no shower kind of person that forsakes his own well being so others make their buck at your expense. Your family deserves better. You are worth more to your friends and family than money. Just think about it. Don't drive a truck.  Don't do it. It isn't worth it. 

Sidney61877 wrote on July 26, 2012 at 1:07 pm

sahuoy ... please take a moment to reflect on the many things in your life that you personally have due to the trucking industry.  The clothes on your back, the food on your table, the bed that you sleep in, and the roof over your head were ALL on a truck somewhere along the process of getting to you.  If you choose not to drive a truck, that is fine ... but don't discourage those who want to make this profession as their life career.  America needs trucks.

milobri wrote on July 26, 2012 at 12:07 pm

There are a lot of jobs that require you to be away from home, create stress and an unhappy home life has little to do with your occupation and a lot to do with to whom you are married.  Truck drivers are the backbone of America. Keep on truckin'!!