The identities of two Springfield residents who were killed in a collision with a semi-tractor trailer on Wednesday were released. The fatal truck crash involved the driver and passenger of a Pontiac Grand Prix which crossed the median on Interstate 70 and was struck by a semi-trailer in the westbound lanes. The driver of the semi suffered only minor injuries in the accident.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Two Illinois women were killed on Wednesday when they collided with a semi-truck just south of I-80. The mother and daughter pair were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The truck driver was taken to an area hospital for treatment.
In Wisconsin on Saturday night, a 75-year-old Milwaukee woman was killed and four others injured in an accident involving a semi tractor-trailer and a charter bus. The accident occurred about 50 miles northwest of Milwaukee at about 7:00 pm. Highway 33, on which the accident took place, was closed for almost ten hours.
When an automobile collides with the rear of a semi-truck trailer it can cause devastating injuries and fatalities. The increased risk is a result of the height of the trailer compared to the car. The hood of most passenger cars are low enough to slide below the deck of the trailer so that the force of the impact goes directly into the windshield and upper part of the passenger compartment of the car. These types of crashes are known as 'underride' accidents.