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4 dead, 4 injured in interstate truck accident

Four people were killed in a car accident in Illinois when a semi-truck failed to slow down and collided with three vehicles on July 21. According to the report, the crash, which took place on Interstate 55 near Elwood shortly before 2:20 p.m., also left four others with serious injuries.

Authorities stated that the accident took place just south of were the lanes were merging into one lane in order to pass through a construction zone. The driver of the truck was traveling in the left lane when he suddenly attempted to make a lane change. The truck struck the rear end of one of the vehicles, causing that vehicle to slam into two other cars in front of it.

Witnesses who saw the crash stated that traffic had been at a standstill while the truck driver was traveling at a high rate of speed. The semi-truck driver, 51, was charged for felony log book violations, including willfully entering false information and falsifying his log book. The man was also tested for drug and alcohol, according to sources. He was scheduled to appear in bond court on July 22.

Someone who becomes involved in a truck accident may suffer serious injuries that may include broken bones, damage to the spine or even a traumatic brain injury. If a truck driver was found to have exceeded the number of hours allowed to drive by federal law or was otherwise negligent, he or she may be held liable for the injuries or deaths that occurred in a crash. In some cases, the company that owns the semitrailer may also be held liable for damages.

Source: Chicago Tribune, "5 dead in wrecks on I-55 near Elwood", Rosemary Regina Sobol and Michelle Manchir, July 21, 2014

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