A truck accident in Gallatin County just north of Washington Road resulted in one fatality. The truck accident occurred after a freightliner semi lost a tire on the rear tandem driver's side.
The accident occurred at about 9:30 a.m. on US 45. According to police, a semi-truck was heading north on US 45 when a tire came loose and hit another semi-truck that was traveling south. The impact caused the second truck to ignite, leave the roadway and crash into a tree. The driver of the second truck, a 61-year-old Shawneetown man, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the first semi-truck refused treatment. A number of law enforcement and emergency personnel agencies responded to the accident, including the Illinois Department of Transportation, Saline County Sheriff's Department and Saline County Ambulance Service.
The 42-year-old man who was driving the semi-truck that lost a tire was cited by law enforcement officials for driving a semi-truck with a cancelled commercial driver's license, failing to secure a new CDL and operating a vehicle with loose lug nuts. US 45 was closed for the afternoon of the accident.
The family of the man killed in this accident may decide to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit against the company that employed the other driver. Trucking companies are responsible for ensuring that their vehicles are properly maintained and safe for travel. The family of the victim may use the driver's citation for operating a vehicle with a loose lug nut to help establish negligence. If successful, the family might receive compensation for their grief and mental suffering as well as to help them cover the costs of the victim's funeral.
Source: WSIL-TV, "Semi Crash Closes US 45", March 13, 2014