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Accident involving 2 trucks on major freeway kills 1

Illinois State Police report that an accident on Interstate 80 claimed the life of a 35-year-old Michigan man on June 8. No one else was reportedly injured in the truck accident.

The collision occurred at about 3 p.m. when a tractor-trailer, failing to stop in time, smashed into the rear of a one-ton commercial van that was stopped behind another truck on the highway due to an earlier rollover accident. The force of the impact sent the van into the stationary truck in front of it. A report issued on June 9 by the La Salle County Coroner's Office and state police from District 17 stated that the van driver was declared dead at the scene of the crash.

When they responded to the crash, sheriff's deputies from La Salle County and state police from Districts 5 and 17 closed off part of the highway for eight miles east of the accident scene and redirected traffic while authorities conducted an investigation into the crash. The highway was reopened to traffic at approximately 7 p.m. At the time of the news release, the results of the complete police report were pending.

In some cases, truckers and the companies they work for refuse to take responsibility for the wreck. However, an attorney representing the family of the decedent in a wrongful death claim might be able to find evidence of negligence by thoroughly analyzing the official police report, the accident reconstruction report and eyewitness accounts. Examples of negligence include driver fatigue, poorly maintained brakes or tires, an oversized load or circumstances that constitute a violation of any of the regulations outlined by the federal government regarding the trucking industry.

Source: News Tribune, "Crash kills one, halts I-80 traffic four hours", June 09, 2014

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