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Truck driver causes multi-car crash on I-39

One person was killed and three others were injured from a motor vehicle accident that occurred in Illinois on June 16. The multi-vehicle crash happened shortly after 3 p.m. nearby mile marker 112 on Interstate 39. According to state police, a 55-year-old trucker caused the chain-reaction accident due to his failure to reduce his speed. He was traveling south on I-39 when his semi-truck rear-ended an SUV. The impact of that crash pushed the SUV into a ditch.

A 74-year-old male passenger in that vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The driver of the SUV was extracted from her vehicle by the fire department and transported to OSF St. Anthony's Medical Center to receive treatment for injuries. The semi-truck also crashed into another SUV, which pushed that vehicle until it came to a stop near the median.

The semi then collided with a 64-year-old female driving a passenger vehicle, pushing it off to the left shoulder. Finally, the semi swerved into a ditch and struck a 71-year-old male also driving a passenger vehicle. A woman in the man's car and the semi-truck driver were transported to a hospital. Officials say the truck driver failed to adjust his speed when traffic ahead began to slow down. The section of the interstate where the accident occurred is a construction zone.

Immediate relatives of a victim killed in a truck accident may consider filing a wrongful death claim against the driver. If legal counsel can prove the truck driver's negligence caused the wreck, a victim's family may be entitled to recover restitution to account for funeral expenses, loss of companionship and other damages caused by the crash.

Source: Ogle County News, "Fatal multiple vehicle accident on I-39", Chris Johnson, June 18, 2014

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