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Big rig wreck in Stickney kills 1, injures 2

A recent accident in the Chicago suburb of Stickney resulted in the death of a woman from Chicago following a collision between her Toyota Corolla, a big rig and a Ford Contour.

Events unfolded around midday on a Wednesday afternoon as the 54-year-old woman drove her Corolla northbound in the left lane on Harlem Avenue in the area of the 4300 block.

According to a deputy chief with the Stickney Police Department, a trucker piloting a semitrailer attempted a lane change, but hit the Corolla in the process.

The impact spun the Toyota into southbound traffic, where a secondary impact occurred with the Ford Contour. A passenger in the Corolla and the driver of the Contour were both taken to local hospitals with injuries considered to be non-life-threatening. No information was provided about the condition of the truck driver, or whether or not he was cited in the fatal crash.

Traffic was snarled for approximately three hours after the three-vehicle collision in that section of Harlem Avenue.

The chief deputy delayed releasing the name of the victim until her family members had been notified of her death. Authorities continued to investigate the circumstances surrounding the accident.

Whenever a big rig collides with a smaller passenger vehicle, the odds are not good for the driver and any occupants of the light truck or car. The immense weight and size disparity between a fully-loaded semi and a passenger vehicle makes fatalities and catastrophic injuries the norm rather than the exception when the two collide.

If you have suffered injuries in a wreck with a large commercial truck, or if you have lost loved ones in a fatality, the civil courts are one avenue of justice to explore.

Source: Chicago Tribune, "Chicago woman killed in Stickney car crash," Joseph Ruzich, Jan. 27, 2016

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