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4 people killed in Illinois tractor-trailer crash

The roads of Illinois are generally safe, but accidents can happen. One of the greatest risk factors for fatal motor vehicle collisions is excessive speed or inattentiveness in construction zones on limited-access highways such as interstates.

An Illinois community is in mourning after a horrific crash on Interstate 55 claimed the lives of four young women. Eight vehicles were involved in the incident, which unfolded on the southbound side of the highway near the town of Hamel.

A tractor-trailer was caught on tape crashing into seven vehicles that were stopped or slowed in a construction zone. A trooper with the Illinois State Police said the driver of the truck made "no attempt to stop" before the crash, and an investigator said video recordings show the driver did not brake.

Officials are looking into the possibility that cellphone use was a factor in the crash. The driver reported the phone was in storage in the truck's cab at the time of the collision, but a search of the truck on the heels of a warrant yielded no phone.

The fatalities include two graduates from the same high school class and another who was a senior at the same school. A public memorial service was held by their community as the investigation into the crash continues.

Victims and the families of victims of motor vehicle collisions involving tractor-trailers and other heavy vehicles have the right to seek financial damages to compensate them for expenses, lost wages and other costs. An attorney may help victims and their survivors assess their options and decide the best way forward.

Source: Belleville News-Democrat, "Police twice search semi in quadruple-fatal I-55 crash, but don’t find trucker’s phone," Beth Hundsdorfer and Dana Rieck, Dec. 06, 2017

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