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May 2011 Archives

Fatal truck accident victim identified

The woman who was killed in a collision with two semi-trucks on Wednesday has been identified. The fatal truck crash involved four vehicles on Interstate 80. The Toyota being driven by the 60 year old Park Forest resident collided into the back of a semi-tractor which was stopped in traffic at 2:15 p.m. Her car was then struck by another semi and knocked into a Mazda Protégé in the far left lane. She was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident at roughly 3 p.m.

Truck driver who hit train had dubious record

The Prospect Heights truck driver who struck and derailed a Metra train last Friday had a record that included a DUI, as well more than 50 other traffic violations. Victims of the serious truck accident are left to wonder how he could still be driving with so many warning signs spanning his driving record since 1986. This latest incident cost the driver his life and sent at least 26 train passengers to the hospital.

NTSB Forum focuses on improving trucking and bus safety

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) convened a public forum from May 10-11 in Washington, DC to review progress made over the last decade in improving truck and bus safety and to discuss steps that must be taken to improve safety in the future.

One killed, two more injured in Illinois semi-trailer accident

A semi truck collided with an SUV Tuesday afternoon, killing one and injuring two more. The fatal truck accident occurred at 3:30 p.m. on Route 6 in Channahon. The driver of the truck sustained no injuries in the crash. Illinois state police are still investigating the accident.

Three vehicle truck accident near Naperville

A JB Hunt semi truck collided with two vehicles on Interstate 88 near Naperville Wednesday evening, injuring two fellow motorists. The truck accident left all three vehicles severely damaged, but fortunately led to no life-threatening injuries. Traffic was backed up for several hours.

Another Southwest Airlines Flight Slides Off Runway at Midway Airport

As reported in the Chicago Tribune a Southwest Airlines flight from Denver to Chicago slid off the end of the runway after landing at Midway Airport on April 26. The runway, which was wet from recent rain, is more than 6,500 feet long, the longest runway in use at Midway. Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating and will try to determine, among other things, where on the runway the aircraft touched down.

Remembering family and friends killed in work accidents

All over Illinois and the nation, people gathered in honor of the men and women who have been injured or who lost their lives in workplace accidents. Workers' Memorial Day services were a time to express gratitude while focusing on the challenges still facing us. In many industries such as construction, worker accidents are a regular occurrence. By ignoring the tragedies of the past, we put today's workers at greater risk.

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