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September 2013 Archives

Chicago sewer worker fearful of conditions prior to accident

The sewer worker who died Sept. 18 in Chicago told his family that although he loved his job, he feared his working conditions. The man, who worked for a local construction company, was swept away by rushing waters in a fatal accident that occurred when heavy rains covered the area where he was working and entered the sewer system. The man's employer said the cause of the accident was not yet known.

Drowsy driving is a growing factor in Illinois accidents

The case of a woman trapped inside her car for hours until daylight arrived after she fell asleep at the wheel and drove into a ditch highlights a problem that Illinois drivers frequently experience. Driving drowsy, even if only for a moment or two, can result in serious or even fatal auto accidents. The woman thought that she was not tired enough to pull over to the side of the road and sleep. Instead, she ended up nodding off, causing her car to roll violently into an area where motorists where unable to see the twisted wreck until daylight while she clung to life inside.

Alcohol-related charges pending in fatal Illinois crash

Police say that alcohol may have been a factor in a deadly wrong-way collision on an Illinois expressway shortly before 2:00 a.m. on Sept. 7. Two women were killed and a third was injured when the car they were riding in was struck head on by a red Dodge minivan. The woman who survived the auto accident was able to provide details about the moments leading up to the collision to authorities.

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