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Volunteer fire truck driver cited in Illinois accident

The economy of Illinois would be nowhere without trucks, buses and other heavy vehicles. People go to work on mass transit, buy food brought by tractor-trailers and ship gifts to each other and out of state with delivery vans.

Trucks can also cause dangerous conditions, especially when they are driven by distracted drivers or in hazardous weather. This is why the Land of Lincoln restricts the use of cellphones and handheld radios while people are driving, as well as enforcing tight maintenance on commercial vehicles.

These requirements apply to emergency service vehicles as well. Society allows police, fire and medical responders a certain amount of leeway while they are answering calls, but it is still vital for these people to keeps the roads of Illinois safe for anyone who is using them.

Officers with the Illinois State Police responded to an overturned tanker truck with a local volunteer fire department on Illinois State Route 1. The 40-year-old driver of the fire truck was rushing to a fire in downtown Westville when he struck a minivan with the rig in Tilton.

Three people were injured in the accident, and all three had to be extricated from their vehicles by rescue personnel. The driver of the van had the right of way, and the driver of the fire truck was issued a ticket for failure to obey a traffic-control device.

Anyone injured or killed in a truck accident has the right to financial restitution from the party at fault independent of criminal charges. A lawyer can help victims or their families sort out their legal options after a tragic collision.

Source: The News-Gazette, "Fire truck driver ticketed in Illinois 1 crash that left 3 injured," Tracy Crane, Feb. 13, 2018

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