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1 killed, 1 injured in tollway accident

According to a report, a 39-year-old man who was working as an Illinois Tollway maintenance employee was killed on Jan. 27 after a truck driver crashed into a toll plaza. An Illinois State trooper was also injured in the incident.

A trooper with the Illinois State police stated that the deceased man and the injured trooper were attempting to move a disabled semi truck out of the tollway at approximately 9:45 p.m. While they were working, the second semi truck crashed into the vehicle, which caused all the vehicles to catch fire. The man died at the scene, and the officer was transported to a nearby hospital.

A number of factors were reportedly involved in the cause of the incident. It was stated that the driver had been driving for more than 11 consecutive hours, which is illegal in the state of Illinois. In order to make it appear that he was driving legally, he had allegedly falsified his log book. In addition to these charges, he will also face charges for failing to reduce speed in order to avoid an accident and for failing to yield to a stationary emergency vehicle.

Truck drivers that are driving while fatigued increase the risk of causing a potentially fatal accident. In this case, the surviving family members of the tollway maintenance worker can still hold that driver liable for the death of their loved one. This is accomplished by filing a wrongful death claim, which allows them to seek compensation for financial damages that resulted directly from the crash. The injured state trooper may also wish to file a workers' compensation claim due to the serious injuries he suffered while on the job.

Source: CBS Chicago, "Local Tollway Worker Killed, State Trooper Hurt In Crash On I-88", January 27, 2014

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