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I-55 rear-end crash kills two children and one adult

According to a news report, two young children and one adult were recently killed in an Illinois auto accident. The crash occurred on Oct. 25 at about 5:30 a.m. on Interstate 55 in the vicinity of mile marker 50 near Litchfield. According to the Illinois State Police, a 2002 Chevy Impala carrying two adults and four children was struck from behind after the car is believed to have either slowed or stopped on the roadway.

An off duty policeman, approaching the car from the rear, swerved to avoid hitting the vehicle and said that the car was difficult to see. From his rear-view mirror, he was able to see a 2002 white Ford van collide with the Impala.

A a 26-year-old woman, an 8-year-old boy and a 2-year-old boy were killed. All three were passengers in the Impala, and one of the children was reportedly in a child seat. The Impala's 31-year-old driver was transported to an unnamed Springfield hospital. The two other children, a 5-year-old girl and 6-year-old girl, were taken to Cardinal Glennon Hospital in St. Louis. Information regarding the condition of the driver and children had not been released at the time of the report. The driver of the van, a 26-year-old male, was not seriously injured. He was questioned by police and released without being charged.

The family of anyone killed in a car crash caused by another person may have grounds to file a legal claim for wrongful death against the individual found liable. After an investigation of the facts and evidence surrounding this accident, an attorney may then be able to negotiate with the insurance company that represents the person responsible for the accident in an effort to obtain financial compensation for the children's family.

Source: KSDK, "Triple fatal accident on I-55 near Mt. Olive", Allison Sylte, October 25, 2013

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